Working closely with a named composer allows the Orchestra and composer to get to know each other. The Orchestra becomes steeped in the composer's musical style, and the composer has the opportunity to write new works with specific musicians in mind.
It is also a chance for us to introduce our audiences to a range of works by the composer – programming older compositions as well as commissions and premieres. It's a relationship that is highly valued by both the Orchestra and the composer.
Brett Dean (2020–)
Australian composer Brett Dean became the LPO’s Composer-in-Residence for three years from September 2020. The Orchestra worked closely with Dean on his opera Hamlet, which was premiered in June 2017 at Glyndebourne Festival Opera to great acclaim, winning both the 2018 South Bank Sky Arts Award and International Opera Award for Best New Opera. During his LPO residency he also takes on the role of Composer Mentor to the LPO Young Composers Programme, providing guidance and expertise to the five rising stars, and will conduct their annual Debut Sounds showcase.
On 16 December 2020 the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski gave the UK premiere of Dean's work The Players for orchestra and accordion, filmed at the Royal Festival Hall and broadcast on Marquee TV as part of the Orchestra's online Autumn 2020 season.
Magnus Lindberg (2014–17)
Finnish conductor Magnus Lindberg became the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Composer in Residence at the beginning of its 2014/15 season. LPO commissions included Triumph to Exist, which received its world premiere at the Royal Festival Hall under Vladimir Jurowski on the eve of the centenary of Armistice, 10 November 2018; Accused for soprano and orchestra, premiered by Barbara Hannigan and the Orchestra in 2015; and the Violin Concerto No. 2 for Frank Peter Zimmermann, also premiered in 2015. Other highlights included performances of his Gran Duo; Corrente; Two Episodes, premiered by the LPO at the 2016 BBC Proms and reprised at the Royal Festival Hall in May 2017; the Violin Concerto No. 1 with soloist Christian Tetzlaff; and the Piano Concerto No. 2 with Yefim Bronfman. Lindberg also played an active role in the Orchestra’s education activities, mentoring the five participants on the LPO Young Composers scheme and conducting the Debut Sounds concert in 2017.
Julian Anderson (2010–14)
Anderson's residency began with a fanfare for the Royal Society's 350th anniversary celebrations at the Southbank Centre in June 2010, and continued with performances of The Stations of the Sun (December 2010), The Crazed Moon (March 2011), Fantasias (December 2011) and the premiere of the LPO commission The Discovery of Heaven (March 2012), which won a 2013 South Bank Sky Arts Award. In November 2013 the LPO released a recording of the award-winning performance, together with Anderson’s Fantasias and The Crazed Moon.
The LPO also performed The Stations of the Sun on 7 December 2013, Alleluia with the London Philharmonic Choir on 1 March 2014, and the violin concerto In liebliche Bläue with soloist Carolin Widmann on 14 March 2015. These three works were released on the LPO Label in March 2016.
Mark-Anthony Turnage (2005–10)
Commissions during Mark-Anthony Turnage's period as LPO Composer-in-Residence included:
Mambo, Blues and Tarantella: concerto for violin and orchestra
Hidden Love Song (for soprano saxophone and orchestra)
These works are included on the three Turnage CDs released on the LPO Label:
Composers in Focus
Prior to appointing our first Composer-in-Residence, we focussed on the music of composers for a single season.
1999/2000 – Henri Dutilleux
2000/01 – Thomas Adès
2001/02 – Kaija Saariaho
2002/03 – Julian Anderson
2003/04 – Saariaho, Adès and Dutilleux
2004/05 – Mark-Anthony Turnage