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Julian  Anderson

Born: April 6th, 1967
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Upcoming :
Conductor: Ilan Volkov
Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
2018-10-25 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), City Halls
Conductor: Markus Stenz
Orchestra: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
2019-03-01 | Utrecht (Netherlands), Great Hall — 20:15 | national Premiere
Julian Anderson is among the most esteemed and influential composers of his generation, with regular performances both internationally and at home in the UK. Anderson was born in London in 1967 and studied composition with John Lambert, Alexander Goehr and Tristan Murail. He was awarded a prestigious RPS Composition Prize in 1992 at the age of 25 for his two movement work Diptych (1990) for orchestra, launching his career. His success as a composer has also fed a prominent academic career, which has included Senior Composition Professorships at the Royal College of Music (1996-2004), where he was also Head of Composition for 5 years, Harvard University (2004-7), and Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he holds the specially created post of Professor of Composition and Composer in Residence.  Anderson is also much in demand as concert programmer and public speaker. Between 2002 and 2011 he was Artistic Director of the Phiharmonia’s Music of Today concert series at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and from 2013 to 2016 he was Composer in Residence at Wigmore Hall.

Close associations and residencies with CBSO, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra have contributed to Anderson’s significant orchestral output. Fantasias (2009) for The Cleveland Orchestra won a British Composer Award, and The Discovery of Heaven (2011), co-commissioned by the LPO and the New York Philharmonic won a South Bank Sky Arts Award. The LPO under Vladimir Jurowski premiered a violin concerto for Carolin Widmann, In lieblicher Bläue, co-commissioned by Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Further orchestral commissions include Incantesimi (2016) commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Society and premiered under Sir Simon Rattle, and The Imaginary Museum (2017), a piano concerto for Steven Osborne co-commissioned by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, who premiered the work at the 2017 BBC Proms under Ilan Volkov.

Anderson’s strong relationships with ensembles including BCMG, the Nash Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, and Asko-Schönberg Ensemble have resulted in many commissions. Book of Hours (2004) for ensemble and electronics was written for BCMG and Oliver Knussen. The work won the RPS Award for Large Scale Composition in 2006, and the following recording on NMC won the 2007 Gramophone Award. Commissioned by Wigmore Hall, the Koussevitzky Foundation and Casa da Música and premiered by the Nash Ensemble, Van Gogh Blue (2015) won both a BASCA Award and the RPS Award for Small Scale Composition. Sensation (2015-16) for solo piano, was commissioned by Aldeburgh Music and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and was premiered by Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the 2016 Aldeburgh Festival. Anderson's String Quartet No.3 'Hana no hanataba' (2018), co-commissioned by Wigmore Hall and the Tanglewood Music Center, was premiered by the JACK Quartet in April 2018.

Alongside his impressive catalogue of instrumental works, Anderson is particularly known for his choral music. Four American Choruses (2003) was premiered by the Groot Omroepkoor at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.  His 2006 oratorio, Heaven is Shy of Earth (rev. 2009) was premiered at the BBC Proms by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, and went on to win a 2007 BASCA award for Choral Composition. Alleluia for choir and orchestra (2007) opened the first season of the refurbished Southbank Centre in London, premiered by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. Further choral works include a Magnificat for ORA and a Nunc Dimittis(2017) for the Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.

Thebans, Anderson’s opera based on the Oedipus myth, was highly praised at its premiere production at English National Opera in May 2014 and its German premiere in Bonn in 2015. His music is frequently used for dance and his association with choreographer Mark Baldwin led to a new ballet in 2009, The Comedy of Change, which toured nationally.

Portrait discs of Anderson’s works have been recorded on NMC (2005), Ondine (2006) and Delphian (2018). Two discs on the LPO Live label (2013 and 2016) document Anderson's time as composer in residence with the LPO, the first of which was shortlisted for a 2014 Gramophone Award.

Upcoming projects include a large-scale orchestral work for Semyon Bychkov, a cello concerto and a new work for chorus and orchestra.

Julian Anderson’s music up to 2014 is published by Faber Music. Music written from August 2014 onwards is published by Schott Music.



1967
Born in London.
1977-80
First attempts at composition.
1981-84
Private consultations with Oliver Knussen and George Benjamin.
1981
Starts listening to Radio France, where he hears pieces by Grisey, Lachenmann and Radulescu that affect him strongly.
1984-85
Completes String Quartet No.1 ‘Light Music’, his first acknowledged composition.
1985
Begins to study composition with John Lambert.
1987
Studies spectral composition with Tristan Murail.

Attends summer course in analysis by Olivier Messiaen at the Centre Acanthes, Avignon.
1987-90
Studies at the Royal College of Music, London.

Earns First Class Honours BMus degree from London University.
1988
Attends Internationale Ferienkurse, Darmstadt.
1990
Attends summer courses with György Ligeti in Szombathely, Hungary and Per Nørgård at Dartington, UK.
1990-91
Studies with Alexander Goehr at Cambridge University (MPhil in Musical Composition).
1991
Diptych awarded Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Young Composers.
1992
Attends the Contemporary Composition and Performance Course at the Britten-Pears School taught by Oliver Knussen and Colin Matthews.
1993
Benjamin Britten Memorial Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, MA (USA).
1994-96
Constant and Kit Lambert Fellow at the Royal College of Music.
1995
Featured at BBC Talking Music weekend at the Barbican, London.

Diptych selected work at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers.
1996-99
Teaches composition, orchestration, analysis and aesthetics at the Royal College of Music.
1997-2001
Composer in Residence with Sinfonia 21.
1999-2004
Head of Composition at the Royal College of Music.
2000-05
Composer in Residence with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo.
2001
The Bird Sings with its Fingers awarded Best New Dance Work at the South Bank Show Awards.
2002
Attends IRCAM course for electro-acoustic composition.

Four works featured at the 2002 BBC Proms.
2004-07
Fanny P Mason Professor of Music at Harvard University, MA (USA).
2005
Featured composer at Helsinki Biennale for New Music.
2005-07
Daniel Lewis Young Composer Fellow with The Cleveland Orchestra.
2006
Book of Hours awarded Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Large Scale Composition.
2007
Heaven is Shy of Earth awarded the British Composer Award for Choral Composition.

Appointed to the Conseil Musical de la Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco.

Appointed Professor of Composition and Composer in Residence at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

Alleluia for chorus and orchestra opens the newly refurbished Royal Festival Hall, London (London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus cond. Vladimir Jurowski).

Alhambra Fantasy (Ondine) wins Gramophone Award for Contemporary Music; Book of Hours (NMC Recordings) shortlisted for same award.
2010-14
Composer in Residence with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
2010
Transferable Resistance commissioned to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society, London, premiered by London Philharmonic Orchestra.
2012
Appointed Vice President of the Conseil Musical de la Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco.
2013
South Bank Sky Arts Award for The Discovery of Heaven.

Appointed Composer in Residence to the Wigmore Hall, London.
2014
Opera, Thebans, premieres at English National Opera.

Julian Anderson Orchestral Works (LPO Live) shortlisted for Gramophone Award for Contemporary Music.
2015
In lieblicher Bläue for violin and orchestra (Carolin Widmann/ LPO cond. Vladimir Jurowski).
2016
Van Gogh Blue awarded Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Small-Scale Composition.
2017
Awarded BBC Music Magazine Premiere Award for In lieblicher Bläue and Alleluia (LPO Label).

The Imaginary Museum premiered at the BBC Proms (Steven Osborne/BBC SSO cond. Ilan Volkov).
Conductor: Ilan Volkov
Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
2018-10-25 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), City Halls
Conductor: Markus Stenz
Orchestra: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
2019-03-01 | Utrecht (Netherlands), Great Hall — 20:15 | national Premiere
Conductor: Stephen Barlow
2019-03-28 | Manchester (United Kingdom), St Michael\'s — 19:30

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  1. In lieblicher Bläue

    In lieblicher Bläue

    poem for violin and orchestra
    Download Edition
    Composer: Anderson, Julian
    Instrumentation: violin and orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: ED 13807
    €21.99  *
  2. Ring Dance

    Ring Dance

    for two violins
    Download Edition
    Composer: Anderson, Julian
    Instrumentation: 2 violins
    Edition: performance score
    Order No.: ED 13798
    €8.99  *
  3. Catalan Peasant with Guitar

    Catalan Peasant with Guitar

    for solo guitar
    Download Edition
    Composer: Anderson, Julian
    Instrumentation: guitar
    Order No.: ED 13827
    €12.99  *
  4. Van Gogh Blue

    Van Gogh Blue

    for ensemble
    Composer: Anderson, Julian
    Instrumentation: ensemble
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: ED 13944
    €24.00  *
  5. Catalan Peasant with Guitar

    Catalan Peasant with Guitar

    for solo guitar
    Composer: Anderson, Julian
    Instrumentation: guitar
    Order No.: ED 13827
    €16.00  *
  6. Incantesimi

    Incantesimi

    for orchestra
    Composer: Anderson, Julian
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  7. Van Gogh Blue

    Van Gogh Blue

    for ensemble
    Download Edition
    Composer: Anderson, Julian
    Instrumentation: ensemble
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: ED 13944
    €18.99  *
  8. Sensation

    Sensation

    for solo piano
    Composer: Anderson, Julian
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 13961
    €12.00  *

    Out of stock

  9. Magnificat in preparation

    Magnificat

    Motet for unaccompanied voices (SATB)
    Composer: Anderson, Julian
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB)
    Edition: choral score, includes piano reduction for rehearsal only
    Language: Latin
    Order No.: ED 13975
    €5.00  *

    Out of stock

  10. Incantesimi

    Incantesimi

    for orchestra
    Download Edition
    Composer: Anderson, Julian
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: ED 13959
    €16.99  *

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Profile
Julian Anderson is among the most esteemed and influential composers of his generation, with regular performances both internationally and at home in the UK. Anderson was born in London in 1967 and studied composition with John Lambert, Alexander Goehr and Tristan Murail. He was awarded a prestigious RPS Composition Prize in 1992 at the age of 25 for his two movement work Diptych (1990) for orchestra, launching his career. His success as a composer has also fed a prominent academic career, which has included Senior Composition Professorships at the Royal College of Music (1996-2004), where he was also Head of Composition for 5 years, Harvard University (2004-7), and Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he holds the specially created post of Professor of Composition and Composer in Residence.  Anderson is also much in demand as concert programmer and public speaker. Between 2002 and 2011 he was Artistic Director of the Phiharmonia’s Music of Today concert series at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and from 2013 to 2016 he was Composer in Residence at Wigmore Hall.

Close associations and residencies with CBSO, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra have contributed to Anderson’s significant orchestral output. Fantasias (2009) for The Cleveland Orchestra won a British Composer Award, and The Discovery of Heaven (2011), co-commissioned by the LPO and the New York Philharmonic won a South Bank Sky Arts Award. The LPO under Vladimir Jurowski premiered a violin concerto for Carolin Widmann, In lieblicher Bläue, co-commissioned by Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Further orchestral commissions include Incantesimi (2016) commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Society and premiered under Sir Simon Rattle, and The Imaginary Museum (2017), a piano concerto for Steven Osborne co-commissioned by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, who premiered the work at the 2017 BBC Proms under Ilan Volkov.

Anderson’s strong relationships with ensembles including BCMG, the Nash Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, and Asko-Schönberg Ensemble have resulted in many commissions. Book of Hours (2004) for ensemble and electronics was written for BCMG and Oliver Knussen. The work won the RPS Award for Large Scale Composition in 2006, and the following recording on NMC won the 2007 Gramophone Award. Commissioned by Wigmore Hall, the Koussevitzky Foundation and Casa da Música and premiered by the Nash Ensemble, Van Gogh Blue (2015) won both a BASCA Award and the RPS Award for Small Scale Composition. Sensation (2015-16) for solo piano, was commissioned by Aldeburgh Music and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and was premiered by Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the 2016 Aldeburgh Festival. Anderson's String Quartet No.3 'Hana no hanataba' (2018), co-commissioned by Wigmore Hall and the Tanglewood Music Center, was premiered by the JACK Quartet in April 2018.

Alongside his impressive catalogue of instrumental works, Anderson is particularly known for his choral music. Four American Choruses (2003) was premiered by the Groot Omroepkoor at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.  His 2006 oratorio, Heaven is Shy of Earth (rev. 2009) was premiered at the BBC Proms by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, and went on to win a 2007 BASCA award for Choral Composition. Alleluia for choir and orchestra (2007) opened the first season of the refurbished Southbank Centre in London, premiered by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. Further choral works include a Magnificat for ORA and a Nunc Dimittis(2017) for the Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.

Thebans, Anderson’s opera based on the Oedipus myth, was highly praised at its premiere production at English National Opera in May 2014 and its German premiere in Bonn in 2015. His music is frequently used for dance and his association with choreographer Mark Baldwin led to a new ballet in 2009, The Comedy of Change, which toured nationally.

Portrait discs of Anderson’s works have been recorded on NMC (2005), Ondine (2006) and Delphian (2018). Two discs on the LPO Live label (2013 and 2016) document Anderson's time as composer in residence with the LPO, the first of which was shortlisted for a 2014 Gramophone Award.

Upcoming projects include a large-scale orchestral work for Semyon Bychkov, a cello concerto and a new work for chorus and orchestra.

Julian Anderson’s music up to 2014 is published by Faber Music. Music written from August 2014 onwards is published by Schott Music.



Works
Chronology
1967
Born in London.
1977-80
First attempts at composition.
1981-84
Private consultations with Oliver Knussen and George Benjamin.
1981
Starts listening to Radio France, where he hears pieces by Grisey, Lachenmann and Radulescu that affect him strongly.
1984-85
Completes String Quartet No.1 ‘Light Music’, his first acknowledged composition.
1985
Begins to study composition with John Lambert.
1987
Studies spectral composition with Tristan Murail.

Attends summer course in analysis by Olivier Messiaen at the Centre Acanthes, Avignon.
1987-90
Studies at the Royal College of Music, London.

Earns First Class Honours BMus degree from London University.
1988
Attends Internationale Ferienkurse, Darmstadt.
1990
Attends summer courses with György Ligeti in Szombathely, Hungary and Per Nørgård at Dartington, UK.
1990-91
Studies with Alexander Goehr at Cambridge University (MPhil in Musical Composition).
1991
Diptych awarded Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Young Composers.
1992
Attends the Contemporary Composition and Performance Course at the Britten-Pears School taught by Oliver Knussen and Colin Matthews.
1993
Benjamin Britten Memorial Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, MA (USA).
1994-96
Constant and Kit Lambert Fellow at the Royal College of Music.
1995
Featured at BBC Talking Music weekend at the Barbican, London.

Diptych selected work at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers.
1996-99
Teaches composition, orchestration, analysis and aesthetics at the Royal College of Music.
1997-2001
Composer in Residence with Sinfonia 21.
1999-2004
Head of Composition at the Royal College of Music.
2000-05
Composer in Residence with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo.
2001
The Bird Sings with its Fingers awarded Best New Dance Work at the South Bank Show Awards.
2002
Attends IRCAM course for electro-acoustic composition.

Four works featured at the 2002 BBC Proms.
2004-07
Fanny P Mason Professor of Music at Harvard University, MA (USA).
2005
Featured composer at Helsinki Biennale for New Music.
2005-07
Daniel Lewis Young Composer Fellow with The Cleveland Orchestra.
2006
Book of Hours awarded Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Large Scale Composition.
2007
Heaven is Shy of Earth awarded the British Composer Award for Choral Composition.

Appointed to the Conseil Musical de la Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco.

Appointed Professor of Composition and Composer in Residence at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

Alleluia for chorus and orchestra opens the newly refurbished Royal Festival Hall, London (London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus cond. Vladimir Jurowski).

Alhambra Fantasy (Ondine) wins Gramophone Award for Contemporary Music; Book of Hours (NMC Recordings) shortlisted for same award.
2010-14
Composer in Residence with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
2010
Transferable Resistance commissioned to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society, London, premiered by London Philharmonic Orchestra.
2012
Appointed Vice President of the Conseil Musical de la Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco.
2013
South Bank Sky Arts Award for The Discovery of Heaven.

Appointed Composer in Residence to the Wigmore Hall, London.
2014
Opera, Thebans, premieres at English National Opera.

Julian Anderson Orchestral Works (LPO Live) shortlisted for Gramophone Award for Contemporary Music.
2015
In lieblicher Bläue for violin and orchestra (Carolin Widmann/ LPO cond. Vladimir Jurowski).
2016
Van Gogh Blue awarded Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Small-Scale Composition.
2017
Awarded BBC Music Magazine Premiere Award for In lieblicher Bläue and Alleluia (LPO Label).

The Imaginary Museum premiered at the BBC Proms (Steven Osborne/BBC SSO cond. Ilan Volkov).
Performances
Conductor: Ilan Volkov
Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
2018-10-25 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), City Halls
Conductor: Markus Stenz
Orchestra: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
2019-03-01 | Utrecht (Netherlands), Great Hall — 20:15 | national Premiere
Conductor: Stephen Barlow
2019-03-28 | Manchester (United Kingdom), St Michael\'s — 19:30
Gallery Products

per page
  1. In lieblicher Bläue

    In lieblicher Bläue

    poem for violin and orchestra
    Download Edition
    Composer: Anderson, Julian
    Instrumentation: violin and orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: ED 13807
    €21.99  *
  2. Ring Dance

    Ring Dance

    for two violins
    Download Edition
    Composer: Anderson, Julian
    Instrumentation: 2 violins
    Edition: performance score
    Order No.: ED 13798
    €8.99  *
  3. Catalan Peasant with Guitar

    Catalan Peasant with Guitar

    for solo guitar
    Download Edition
    Composer: Anderson, Julian
    Instrumentation: guitar
    Order No.: ED 13827
    €12.99  *
  4. Van Gogh Blue

    Van Gogh Blue

    for ensemble
    Composer: Anderson, Julian
    Instrumentation: ensemble
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: ED 13944
    €24.00  *
  5. Catalan Peasant with Guitar

    Catalan Peasant with Guitar

    for solo guitar
    Composer: Anderson, Julian
    Instrumentation: guitar
    Order No.: ED 13827
    €16.00  *
  6. Incantesimi

    Incantesimi

    for orchestra
    Composer: Anderson, Julian
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: performance material
  7. Van Gogh Blue

    Van Gogh Blue

    for ensemble
    Download Edition
    Composer: Anderson, Julian
    Instrumentation: ensemble
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: ED 13944
    €18.99  *
  8. Sensation

    Sensation

    for solo piano
    Composer: Anderson, Julian
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 13961
    €12.00  *

    Out of stock

  9. Magnificat in preparation

    Magnificat

    Motet for unaccompanied voices (SATB)
    Composer: Anderson, Julian
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB)
    Edition: choral score, includes piano reduction for rehearsal only
    Language: Latin
    Order No.: ED 13975
    €5.00  *

    Out of stock

  10. Incantesimi

    Incantesimi

    for orchestra
    Download Edition
    Composer: Anderson, Julian
    Instrumentation: orchestra
    Edition: study score
    Order No.: ED 13959
    €16.99  *

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