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 London 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.
Composer in Residence
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. He also played an active role in the Orchestra’s education activities, mentoring the participants on the LPO Young Composers scheme and conducting the annual Debut Sounds concerts.
Highlights of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2014/15 season included the world premiere of Accused with soprano soloist Barbara Hannigan, and the UK premiere of his Second Piano Concerto given by Yefim Bronfman. The 2015/16 season included a performance of Lindberg’s Violin Concerto No. 1 by Christian Tetzlaff and the world premiere of his Second Violin Concerto performed by Frank Peter Zimmermann, as well as performances of Gran Duo and Corrente.
In July 2016 the Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski gave the world premiere of Lindberg’s Two Episodes at the BBC Proms, paired with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9: a programme reprised on 6 May 2017 at Royal Festival Hall.
Julian Anderson (2010–14)
The Residency began with a fanfare for the Royal Society's 350th Anniversary celebrations at 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.
More recently, the LPO 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.
Our first CD of Anderson's orchestral music was released on the LPO Label in November 2013, including The Discovery of Heaven and Fantasias.
Julian Anderson’s work is published by Faber Music.
Listen to Julian speaking about his The Stations of the Sun (January 2011 podcast)
Listen to Julian speaking about The Discovery of Heaven (March 2012 podcast)
Listen to Julian speaking about In liebliche Bläue
Mark-Anthony Turnage (2005–10)
Commissions during Mark-Anthony Turnage's period as LPO Composer in Residence include:
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.
Composer 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
2000/2001 – Thomas Adès
2001/2002 – Kaija Saariaho
2002/2003 – Julian Anderson
2003/2004 – Saariaho, Adès and Dutilleux
2004/2005 – Mark-Anthony Turnage