Meet the LPO Young Composers

Five unpublished composers are chosen each year to take part in the LPO Young Composers programme.

LPO Young Composers 2016/17

Lillie Harris

Lillie graduated from the Royal College of Music in July 2016, studying with Haris Kittos and winning the Elgar Memorial Prize. Her pieces have been workshopped and performed by ensembles including Psappha, Florilegium, the Gaudier Ensemble, and Ensemble Recherche, and performed at Southbank Centre, Science Museum, King’s Place, Usher Hall Edinburgh, and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. She was awarded the Tenso Young Composers Award (2017), her piece Dormientes Bestia for paetzold and tape was in the winning programme in the RCM Contemporary Competition 2016, and she participated in the International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition 2016. She was selected for the first RSNO’s Composers Hub 2015-2016, from which her orchestral work remiscipate was chosen to be performed in the RSNO’s Season Finale concerts.

Karol Nepelski

Karol Nepelski is a Polish-born composer of instrumental music, stage music for opera and theatre and music for film. He is also interested in electro-acoustic music, audio-video work and performance art. He started his higher education at the Department of Mechanics at Gdańsk Polytechnic in 2001, but abandoned his technical studies a year later. In 2002, he began studying composition at the Academy of Music in Kraków under Marek Stachowski. He obtained a MA degree with distinction in Zbigniew Bujarski's composition class, and a PhD degree in the class of Krzysztof Penderecki. Currently he works as an associate lecturer at the Academy of Music in Kraków. In 2005 he was a student at the Staatliche Musikhochschule in Stuttgart. He held a scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in recognition of outstanding achievement in his studies and also a scholarship for academic merits of the Minister of Science and Higher Education. He has worked with the Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków, the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, the Jagiellonian University, and with the Theatre Academy in Warsaw.

Laurence Osborn

Laurence Osborn read Music at Hertford College, Oxford, studying Composition with Martyn Harry and Martin Suckling, and graduating with a 1st in 2011. He then studied for an MMus in Composition with Kenneth Hesketh at the Royal College of Music, graduating with Distinction in 2013. From 2013-14, Laurence was resident on the London Symphony Orchestra's LSO Soundhub Scheme, where he studied with Julian Anderson. Laurence then went on to study for an MA in Opera Making and Writing with Julian Philips at The Guildhall School of Music. In 2017 Laurence won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize. He was also runner up in the New Cobbett Prize (2014) and the International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition (2013).

Ailie Robertson

Ailie is a composer and performer from Edinburgh, Scotland, whose work crosses the boundaries of traditional and contemporary music. She is currently in the final year of her PhD in composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, studying with Dominic Murcott, Sam Hayden and Michael Finnissy, specialising in contemporary composition for the harp. Winner of The Sofia International Composition Competition, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra iCompose Prize, and 2nd in the Oslo Grieg Competition, Ailie was also chosen for the 2016/17 RSNO Composer’s Hub, selected for Making Music's Composer/Curator scheme, and awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship for her work with The Elias Quartet and Eleanor Turner. She founded Lorimer Productions in 2012 with the aim of increasing the profile and visibility of both traditional and contemporary music in Scotland.

Neil Smith

Neil is a Scottish composer of chamber, orchestral and choral works, based in Lincoln.  His music regularly explores unusual rhythms, musical processes and an architectural appreciation of sound.  Neil studied in York and Stuttgart, the latter leading to a keen interest in German contemporary music. Neil won first prize in the Acht Brücken Composition Competition with Gravitation, which was played by Schlagquartett Köln and broadcast on WDR 3. Recently, Neil took part in Making Music’s and Sound and Music’s ‘Adopt a Composer’ scheme, working with the Thame Chamber Choir and conductor Duncan Aspden on The Hoard, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.  He continues to work in Germany, receiving a commission in 2016 from the exceptional musicians of Trio Radial.