RPS Composer 2019 | £2,500 commission for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Ensemble 10/10
Robert Laidlow is a composer and performer based in London and Manchester. His music has been performed and broadcast worldwide and has received international awards including nomination for the 2018 British Composer Awards.
Robert's work often incorporates his background as a jazz saxophonist and his interest in scientific phenomena. He is the PRiSM Researcher in AI-Assisted Composition in association with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Recently he has been commissioned by the Barbican Centre (2019/20 season), guitarist Fabio Zanon, the International Festival of Campos do Jordao, Access Contemporary Music Chicago, and the violist Katherine Clarke. He is currently working with Southampton Concert Wind Band as part of Making Music UK's 'Adopt A Composer' programme, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3. This year he is an Artist-in-Residence in Aldeburgh, supported by Wild Plum Arts and the Britten-Pears Foundation.
Robert’s string quartet Aroha was premiered by the Elias Quartet at Wigmore Hall in May 2019 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and his Three Entistatios for Chamber Ensemble was performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the University of Salford Research Festival in July 2019. His music has also been performed by groups including Ensemble Modern, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Psappha, the Milwaukee Symphony and Ballet, the Britten Sinfonia, the Berkeley Ensemble and the Hermes Experiment.
After graduating from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, with First Class Honours, he studied for an MMus in composition with David Sawer at the Royal Academy of Music, where he also received regular lessons from Oliver Knussen. He was awarded a Distinction, in addition to the Dr. Mosco Carner Scholarship 2016-2018 and the Alan Bush Prize for Composition. In 2018 Robert began a PhD at the Royal Northern College of Music, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
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Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director, Barbican Centre: The Royal Philharmonic Society has been a revolutionary force for good in my musical life.
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Their Mozart and Beethoven Sinfonias blazed like a comet in our musical atmosphere - Spectator review - Philharmonic Society Concert 1837