RPS/Classic FM 25th Birthday Commissions Winner
Dani Howard graduated from the Royal College of Music where she received a first class BMus Honors Degree. She was a Rose Williams scholar supported by the Henry Wood Trust, and studied composition under Jonathan Cole, having previously been mentored by cellist Richard Bamping. She has had her compositions performed and screened across the UK, and internationally in countries including Italy, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Netherlands, Romania, Brazil and USA (New York, California, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon, Maryland, Nevada and North Carolina). She has worked with ensembles including the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra (California) , Orchestra Vitae (London), London City Orchestra, RCM Philharmonic, ESF Orchestra (Hong Kong), Ensemble 360 (Sheffield), MainlyTwo, Kensington Brass and PERC’M among others.
Dani has just received 1st Prize in the ‘Breaking The Fourth Wall International Composition Competition’ 2017 (New York), and is a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize. She was recently invited as a composition fellow to the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (California), and has been a finalist for the Alba Rosa Vietor Composition Competition (Netherlands), International A. Rendano composition competition (Italy), and was shortlisted for the British Section of the ISCM World Music Days Festival (Slovenia). In 2014-15, she was named winner of the RCM Concerto Competition, and won the RPS/IdeasTap Sound:Vision Competition. She was additionally awarded 3rd Prize among junior participants in both the 5th and 6th International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition (Prague), and 3rd Prize in the 10th International Cheng- du Sun River Composition Prize (China).
Interested in collaborating with artists in a variety of disciplines, she has worked with dancers, architects, film-makers and visual artists on a number of projects, and hopes to continue this work in the field of cross-arts collaboration.
Previous RPS prizes/collaborations:
- 2015 RPS Composition Prize Winner
Commission: chamber work, Music in the Round 2016
Supported by the Garrick Charitable Trust
- 2014 SOUND:VISION Competition Winner - Composer
Graham Sheffield, Director of Arts, British Council: Nobody could ever have invented the RPS. I love it for the support it gives to musicians, and for its commitment to an inspiring future for music.
DID YOU KNOW?
Bex Burch was able to spend a year in Ghana studying the gyil - an African xylophone - with Thomas Sekgura, a master musician thanks to funding from the RPS Isserlis Scholarship.