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Huw  Watkins

Born: 13.07.1976
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Upcoming :
Conductor: Mark Elder
Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra
2017-04-20 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Bridgewater Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Mark Elder
Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra
2017-04-21 | Sheffield (United Kingdom), Sheffield City Hall — 19:00
"In this disc [NMC D164 Huw Watkins: In my craft or sullen art] the listener finds a sensitive and emotive portrait of a composer with the courage to write with clarity of gesture and harmony that lays the music bare. That courage, combined with Watkins’ technique grants the listner immediate access to music with depth of thought and subtlety of execution that continues to reward more deeply on each successive listening” Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Tempo

Huw Watkins was born in Wales in 1976 and studied piano with Peter Lawson at Chetham’s School of Music and composition with Robin Holloway, Alexander Goehr and Julian Anderson at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music. In 2001 he was awarded the Constant and Kit Lambert Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music, where he later taught composition.

Watkins’s growing body of orchestral works includes commissions from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, who premiered his widely acclaimed Violin Concerto for Alina Abragimova with Ed Gardner, the London Symphony Orchestra who commissioned London Concerto to mark their centenary in 2005, as well as the recent Flute Concerto for Adam Walker, premiered under Daniel Harding in 2014. The work received subsequent performances by BBC National Orchestra of Wales and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

His longstanding relationship with BBC National Orchestra has resulted in a number of new works, including a Piano Concerto premiered in 2002 with the composer at the piano and a Double Concerto premiered by Philip Dukes (viola) and Josephine Knight (cello) conducted by Jac van Steen. As Composer in Association (2015-2019), Watkins will write several new orchestral works including the new Cello Concerto for his brother, the cellist Paul Watkins, for the 2016 BBC Proms under Thomas Søndergård.

Alongside this growing body of orchestral music is a wealth of chamber music which is central to Watkins’ output, complementing his parallel career as a pianist. Works written for artists with whom he has developed performing partnerships include his Cello Sonata for Paul Watkins (recorded for Nimbus), Partita for Alina Ibragimova (recorded for NMC) and a viola Fantasy for Lawrence Power. Long-time supporters the Nash Ensemble commissioned a Horn Trio, and his recent String Quartet for the Carducci's was a commission from the Manchester Chamber Concerts Society.

Watkins' vocal works include In my craft or sullen art for tenor and string quartet, premiered by Mark Padmore and the Petersen Quartet at Wigmore Hall in 2006 and Five Larkin Songs for soprano and piano, which won a British Composer Award. Music Theatre Wales has commissioned two chamber operas, both with libretti by David Harsent: Crime Fiction and In the Locked Room, a co-commission with Scottish Opera which received a new production at Staatsoper Hamburg in 2015. Recent vocal works include Remember for soprano and string orchestra written for Ruby Hughes as part of Royal Philharmonic Society's Composer in the House appointment with Orchestra of the Swan 2012-2014, and Four Sonnets for tenor and piano premiered at the Cheltenham Festival in 2014 by Mark Padmore and the composer himself.

As one of the UK’s finest young pianists Watkins has premiered works by Oliver Knussen, Mark-Anthony Turnage, John Woolrich and Michael Zev Gordon and has performed concertos with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of the Swan. His recordings include discs of contemporary British music for Nimbus and Usk, the piano cycle Symmetry Disorders Reach by Alexander Goehr for Wergo and music by Knussen for NMC. His own disc of chamber music, In my craft or sullen art with NMC has been warmly praised.

1976
Born in Pontypool, Wales
1992-94
Studied piano and composition at Chetham's School of Music
1994-97
Studied composition with Alexander Goehr and Robin Holloway at Cambridge University
1997-98
Studied composition with Julian Anderson at the Royal College of Music, London
1999
Premiere of "Sonata for Cello and Eight Instruments" (Nash Ensemble)
2001
Awarded Constant and Kit Lambert Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music, London
2002
Premiere of "Piano Concerto" (BBC National Orchestra of Wales)
2003
Appointed Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music, London
2005
Signed to Schott

Premiere of "London Concerto" for violin, bassoon, harp and orchestra (London Symphony Orchestra)

Premiere of "Double Concerto" for viola, cello and orchestra (BBC Proms)

Premiere of "Rondo" for chamber ensemble (Birmingham Contemporary Music Group)

Appointed Jerwood Associate Composer with Music Theatre Wales
2006
Premiere of "Partita" for solo violin (Alina Ibragimova)
2007
Premiere of In my craft or sullen art (Mark Padmore and the Petersen Quartet)
2009
Premiere of "Crime Fiction" chamber opera (Music Theatre Wales)
2010
Composer-in-Residence at the Festival "Spannungen" in Heimbach
2011
Premiere of "Violin Concerto" (Alina Abragimova)
2012
Premiere of "In the Locked Room" chamber opera (Music Theatre Wales)
2012-14
Composer in the House with Orchestra of the Swan (position created by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society)
2013
'Huw Watkins Day' at Wigmore Hall

Composer in Residence at The International Music Seminar Prussia Cove in Cornwall, UK
2014
Premiere of Flute Concerto (Adam Walker, London Symphony Orchestra)
2015-2018
Composer-in-Association with BBC National Orchestra of Wales
2017
Premiere of Symphony (Hallé Orchestra)
Conductor: Mark Elder
Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra
2017-04-20 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Bridgewater Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Mark Elder
Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra
2017-04-21 | Sheffield (United Kingdom), Sheffield City Hall — 19:00
Conductor: Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
2017-05-26 | Cardiff (United Kingdom), BBC Hoddinott Hall — 19:30
2017-06-15 | Snape (United Kingdom), Britten Studio — 11:00
Conductor: Vlad Maistorovici
Orchestra: Sinfonia Cymru
2017-06-18 | Romania (United Kingdom), Brasov — 19:30
2017-06-23 | Aldeburgh (United Kingdom), Jubilee Hall — 16:00

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"In this disc [NMC D164 Huw Watkins: In my craft or sullen art] the listener finds a sensitive and emotive portrait of a composer with the courage to write with clarity of gesture and harmony that lays the music bare. That courage, combined with Watkins’ technique grants the listner immediate access to music with depth of thought and subtlety of execution that continues to reward more deeply on each successive listening” Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Tempo

Huw Watkins was born in Wales in 1976 and studied piano with Peter Lawson at Chetham’s School of Music and composition with Robin Holloway, Alexander Goehr and Julian Anderson at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music. In 2001 he was awarded the Constant and Kit Lambert Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music, where he later taught composition.

Watkins’s growing body of orchestral works includes commissions from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, who premiered his widely acclaimed Violin Concerto for Alina Abragimova with Ed Gardner, the London Symphony Orchestra who commissioned London Concerto to mark their centenary in 2005, as well as the recent Flute Concerto for Adam Walker, premiered under Daniel Harding in 2014. The work received subsequent performances by BBC National Orchestra of Wales and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

His longstanding relationship with BBC National Orchestra has resulted in a number of new works, including a Piano Concerto premiered in 2002 with the composer at the piano and a Double Concerto premiered by Philip Dukes (viola) and Josephine Knight (cello) conducted by Jac van Steen. As Composer in Association (2015-2019), Watkins will write several new orchestral works including the new Cello Concerto for his brother, the cellist Paul Watkins, for the 2016 BBC Proms under Thomas Søndergård.

Alongside this growing body of orchestral music is a wealth of chamber music which is central to Watkins’ output, complementing his parallel career as a pianist. Works written for artists with whom he has developed performing partnerships include his Cello Sonata for Paul Watkins (recorded for Nimbus), Partita for Alina Ibragimova (recorded for NMC) and a viola Fantasy for Lawrence Power. Long-time supporters the Nash Ensemble commissioned a Horn Trio, and his recent String Quartet for the Carducci's was a commission from the Manchester Chamber Concerts Society.

Watkins' vocal works include In my craft or sullen art for tenor and string quartet, premiered by Mark Padmore and the Petersen Quartet at Wigmore Hall in 2006 and Five Larkin Songs for soprano and piano, which won a British Composer Award. Music Theatre Wales has commissioned two chamber operas, both with libretti by David Harsent: Crime Fiction and In the Locked Room, a co-commission with Scottish Opera which received a new production at Staatsoper Hamburg in 2015. Recent vocal works include Remember for soprano and string orchestra written for Ruby Hughes as part of Royal Philharmonic Society's Composer in the House appointment with Orchestra of the Swan 2012-2014, and Four Sonnets for tenor and piano premiered at the Cheltenham Festival in 2014 by Mark Padmore and the composer himself.

As one of the UK’s finest young pianists Watkins has premiered works by Oliver Knussen, Mark-Anthony Turnage, John Woolrich and Michael Zev Gordon and has performed concertos with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of the Swan. His recordings include discs of contemporary British music for Nimbus and Usk, the piano cycle Symmetry Disorders Reach by Alexander Goehr for Wergo and music by Knussen for NMC. His own disc of chamber music, In my craft or sullen art with NMC has been warmly praised.

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Chronology
1976
Born in Pontypool, Wales
1992-94
Studied piano and composition at Chetham's School of Music
1994-97
Studied composition with Alexander Goehr and Robin Holloway at Cambridge University
1997-98
Studied composition with Julian Anderson at the Royal College of Music, London
1999
Premiere of "Sonata for Cello and Eight Instruments" (Nash Ensemble)
2001
Awarded Constant and Kit Lambert Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music, London
2002
Premiere of "Piano Concerto" (BBC National Orchestra of Wales)
2003
Appointed Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music, London
2005
Signed to Schott

Premiere of "London Concerto" for violin, bassoon, harp and orchestra (London Symphony Orchestra)

Premiere of "Double Concerto" for viola, cello and orchestra (BBC Proms)

Premiere of "Rondo" for chamber ensemble (Birmingham Contemporary Music Group)

Appointed Jerwood Associate Composer with Music Theatre Wales
2006
Premiere of "Partita" for solo violin (Alina Ibragimova)
2007
Premiere of In my craft or sullen art (Mark Padmore and the Petersen Quartet)
2009
Premiere of "Crime Fiction" chamber opera (Music Theatre Wales)
2010
Composer-in-Residence at the Festival "Spannungen" in Heimbach
2011
Premiere of "Violin Concerto" (Alina Abragimova)
2012
Premiere of "In the Locked Room" chamber opera (Music Theatre Wales)
2012-14
Composer in the House with Orchestra of the Swan (position created by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society)
2013
'Huw Watkins Day' at Wigmore Hall

Composer in Residence at The International Music Seminar Prussia Cove in Cornwall, UK
2014
Premiere of Flute Concerto (Adam Walker, London Symphony Orchestra)
2015-2018
Composer-in-Association with BBC National Orchestra of Wales
2017
Premiere of Symphony (Hallé Orchestra)
Performances
Conductor: Mark Elder
Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra
2017-04-20 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Bridgewater Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Mark Elder
Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra
2017-04-21 | Sheffield (United Kingdom), Sheffield City Hall — 19:00
Conductor: Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
2017-05-26 | Cardiff (United Kingdom), BBC Hoddinott Hall — 19:30
2017-06-15 | Snape (United Kingdom), Britten Studio — 11:00
Conductor: Vlad Maistorovici
Orchestra: Sinfonia Cymru
2017-06-18 | Romania (United Kingdom), Brasov — 19:30
2017-06-23 | Aldeburgh (United Kingdom), Jubilee Hall — 16:00
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