The London Philharmonic Orchestra appointed Julian Anderson as its Composer in Residence from the 2010-11 season.
The Residency began with the commissioning and performance of a fanfare for the Royal Society's 350 Anniversary celebrations at Southbank Centre in June 2010, and continues with performances of The Stations of the Sun (15 December 2010) and The Crazed Moon (19 March 2011). The LPO commission The Discovery of Heaven was premiered on 24 March 2012.
Listen to Julian Anderson introducing his work The Stations of the Sun in a pre-concert talk recorded in December 2010.
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Julian Anderson was born in London in 1967. His teachers have included John Lambert, Goehr and Tristan Murail. Since his 1990 score Diptych won an RPS Prize, he has continued to attract the attention of the musical community as composer, enabler and academic. He has been composer in residence to Sinfonia 21, the CBSO, and latterly, the Cleveland Orchestra. Between 2002 and 2010 he directed the Philharmonia's Music of Today series and in 2010 he begins an association with the London Philharmonic Orchestra as Composer in Residence; as an academic he was Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music, London (1996-2004) at Harvard University (2004-7), and he is currently Professor at the London Guildhall School.
But it is as composer that he has made the most impact; with commissions from such bodies as the BBC, the Nash Ensemble, the Cheltenham Festival, the London Sinfonietta, the Asko Ensemble as well as many works for the prestigious residencies he has held. He wrote the opening work, Alleluia for London's recently refurbished Southbank Centre. Anderson's recent career has flourished in several areas – the Ondine recording of A Book of Hours won the 2007 Gramophone Award. He has been particular active in the world of dance (there are two collaborations with Mark Baldwin, the last of which was staged by the Rambert Dance Company all round the UK) and his next project is an opera on the Oedipus trilogy for English National Opera.
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