Dani Howard

2015 RPS Composition Prize Winner

Commission: chamber work, Music in the Round 2016
Supported by the Garrick Charitable Trust

Dani Howard graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music, First Class Honors.

She was a Rose Williams scholar supported by the Henry Wood Trust. She has had her compositions performed internationally in countries including England, Switzerland, Wales, Italy and Hong Kong, and in venues including the National Gallery & Portrait Gallery, St. Martin in the Fields, Royal Academy of Arts, Britten Theatre, Teatro A. Rendano Cosenza, Musik Akademie Basel and the Welsh College of Music and Drama at the BBC Young Musician of the Year percussion category final 2014.

Recent competitions include the RCM Concerto Competition, where her work for large string orchestra and percussion will be premiered by the RCM Philharmonic in February 2016. She was awarded 3rd Prize and the Special Prize for the Best Free Composition among Junior participants in the International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition 2014.

Dani was additionally shortlisted for the British Section of the World Music Days Festival, Slovenia, and won 3rd Prize in the 10th International Sun River Composition Prize, China. She was a winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society and IdeasTap Sound:Vision Competition, and most recently was a finalist for the International A. Rendano composition competition held in Italy 2015.

Interested in collaborative work between not only performers but artists of various disciplines, Dani has worked with Film-makers, choreographers, dancers, architects and artists on a variety of projects. Throughout 2014 she has had two compositions aired on BBC Radio 3, and one televised on BBC Channel 4.

(July 2015)
Image © Andreea Tufescu Photography

Previous RPS prizes/collaborations:
2014 SOUND:VISION Competition Winner - Composer

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