News for Fitkin
- Fitkin to be Composer in Residence in London
[posted 16 June 2008]
Graham Fitkin has just been made Composer in Residence with the London Chamber Orchestra for the next two years.
Yo Yo Ma will be premiering L, which Graham wrote for him last year, at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on December 4th 2008.
There is a full list of Graham's performances on the website www.fitkin.com [click on New Concerts].
Graham Fitkin is a UK composer who works with acoustic and electronic instruments, collaborates with dance, film and digital media alongside concert orchestral and chamber music, and is committed to involvement throught the chain of music making — performing, conducting, producing, educating and generally trying to change things.
An early ‘Composer for Dance Award’ in 1990 led to a new work for David Massingham Dance. Ever since then Graham has worked frequently with choreographers around the world with recent performances being given by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Wayne MacGregor’s Random Dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Bi-Ma, Sidonie Rochon, Munich Ballet and National Ballet of Portugal. He won the International Grand Prix Music for Dance Video Award in 1994.
Graham has collaborated with many of today’s foremost performers of new music including the Nederlands Blazersensemble, Will Gregory, Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Smith Quartet, Piano Circus, Ensemble Bash, Combustion Chamber, Elysian Quartet and the London Chamber Orchestra.
Between 1994 and 1996 Graham was resident composer with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra producing five new works. Since then several new works have been commissioned and composed for orchestra, performances include those by the Halle, BBC Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, RSNO, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bournemouth Symphony, Ulster, Nederlands Radio Orchestra etc. He has conducted orchestras in venues from Lincoln Center to South Bank to Aula Magna.
Performing has always been an important aspect of Graham’s work. KAPLAN (based on the fictitious character in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest) used video and live webcams on the musicians to focus on notions of mistaken identity and toured the UK, Japan and Holland in 2005. The more recent STILL WARM for multiple electronically manipulated harps toured UK in 2007 with visuals by Marc Silver and Nick Corrigan. Concerned with the juxtaposition of opposites, this placed early gaelic plucked instruments into new contexts with digitlia and live visuals and is touring Italy in November this year.
Over the past 10 years Graham has directed educational and community projects including 3 UK PRS Composer in Education residencies, 9 regional community projects, university seminars, masterclasses and directed workshops in UK, Japan, Italy and Soweto.
Recent works include Graham’s Double Concerto for two Pianos and Orchestra — CIRCUIT, commissioned by the BBC and featuring soloists Kathyrn Stott and Noriko Ogawa. This has just been recorded in Japan with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra for BIS records.
Other recent collaborations include LENS a piano trio commissioned by the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, a BBC commission for the Duke Quartet — PAWN, a solo for the new organ at Birmingham Symphony Hall and new interactive work GEOGRAPHY — a multi location work for computers and video.
Graham’s work has been released on CD by Decca’s Argo label, Factory Classical, Sanctuary’s Black Box and many others but more recently on his own label GFR.
2008 sees the beginning of multi-media collaboration with The Wilson Sisters and Wayne MacGregor. There are new commissions for London Chamber Orchestra, Fibonnacci Sequence, BBC Concert Orchestra.
A Few Press Quotes
Il Giornale Della Musica
“..e uno dei compositori inglesi piu interessanti della nuova generazione.”
Classic CD on FLAK
“Fitkin’s majesterial debut simply has no equal”
De Volkskrant on LOG
“The real discovery of this year’s festival.”
Daily Telegraph on HENRY
“strong rhythmic shapes, sharp melodic profiles, lush orchestral overtones and rich harmonic underpinning.”
Musicweb.com on KAPLAN
“This disc must be one of the most enigmatic ever US issued. Ignore the title and enjoy the extraordinary imaginative sound tapestries.”
The Independent on AGNOSTIC
“one of the most important pieces of the age...achingly romantic, British pastoral updated to an edgy, utterly contemporary, urban landscape”
Seattle Post on FERVENT
“a superb ballet score. It has ripeness and rigor, structure and a seeming lack of it.”
The Guardian on LOUD
“a delight that defied all fashionable labels and simply conjured its own whirlygig of ideas with such spontaneity and control.”
Ritmo on HUOAH
“musica para accompanar una escena de Burger King.”
Washington Herald on ARACT
“driven by the suspenseful Hitchockian score”
BBC Music Magazine on STILL WARM
(Contribution by Rowan <rowanfitkin.com>.)