Shortish biography


Graham Fitkin lives in Cornwall.  He composes for concerts, dance, film and digital media and runs his own ensemble of 9 soloists.

Between 1994 and 1996 Graham was resident composer with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.  Since then he has been commissioned by Halle, BBC Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, RSNO, BBC Orchestra of Wales, New York City Ballet, BBC Symphony Orchestra etc.

He collaborates with musicians such as Powerplant, Nederlands Blazersensemble, Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott, Will Gregory, Piano Circus, Ensemble Bash and Sacconi Quartet.

Graham often works with choreographers and dance companies including Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Wayne McGregor's Random Dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Bi-Ma, Sidonie Rochon, Munich Ballet and Royal Ballet.

Recent works include Circuit, for soloists Kathryn Stott and Noriko Ogawa with BBC Philharmonic, a Cello Concerto for Yo-Yo Ma, Still Warm for Ruth Wall, Lens for Janine Jansen at the Concertgebouw and Twenty Six Days for 10:10 at HCMF. There have been recent collaborations with Les Percussions Claviers de Lyon, Powerplant, Ruth Wall and the Royal Ballet and since 2007 he has been Resident Composer with London Chamber Orchestra.

Recordings of Graham’s work have been released by Decca, Factory Classical, Sanctuary, Sony, EMI and GFR.  Circuit has just been released with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra on BIS.

His own band performed new work for the London Olympiad, an opera for the Royal Opera House in collaboration with Jasmin Vardimon and an orchestral collaboration to celebrate 2014 European City of Culture, Umea in Sweden.  2015 saw a new premiere for RLPO and FitkinWall release the new album Lost and tour through UK and Europe.

In 2016 the band recorded a double album at Real World Studios for release at the end of the year.

 

Long biography


Graham Fitkin lives and works as a composer in Cornwall.  He works with dance, film and digital media alongside concert orchestral and chamber music. He runs his own band of 9 soloists which tours new material each year.

Between 1994 and 1996 Graham was resident composer with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.  Since then commissions have come from the Halle, BBC Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, RSNO, BBC Orchestra of Wales, Athens Camerata, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Nederlands Radio Orchestra etc.   He has conducted orchestras in venues from Lincoln Center, New York to South Bank, London to Aula Magna, Roma.

Graham has collaborated with many of today's foremost performers of new music including Powerplant, Nederlands Blazersensemble, Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott, Will Gregory, Smith Quartet, Piano Circus, Ensemble Bash and Elysian Quartet.

Since winning a Composer Award for Dance, Graham has worked frequently with choreographers and dance companies including Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Wayne McGregor'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 Award in 2000.

Over the past 15 years Graham has directed educational and community projects including 3 UK PRS Composer residencies, 9 regional community projects, university seminars, masterclasses and directed workshops in UK, Japan, Italy and Soweto.

Recent works include Circuit, a double concerto for two pianos and orchestra for soloists Kathryn Stott and Noriko Ogawa, Pawn for the Duke Quartet, LENS for Janine Jansen at the Concertgebouw in Holland and Twenty Six Days for 10:10 at HCMF. There have been recent collaborations with Powerplant, harpist Ruth Wall and the Royal Ballet.  Since 2007 he has been Composer in Residence with London Chamber Orchestra.

Graham’s work has been released on CD by Decca’s Argo label, Factory Classical, Sanctuary’s Black Box, Sony, EMI and his own label.  Circuit has just been released with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra on BIS record label.

2011 included a new Cello Concerto for Yo-Yo Ma at the Proms, a Midi-Harp Concerto for Sioned Williams and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the premiere of a new production for the Royal Ballet.   His band toured the UK in 2011.  2012 and 2013 saw a new commission for the London Olympics for his own band and the London Chamber Orchestra, a new opera for the Royal Opera House in collaboration with Jasmin Vardimon and new work for Ockham’s Razor.   In 2013 he composed for Les Percussions Claviers de Lyon and wrote a new orchestral work to celebrate 2014 European City of Culture, Umea in Sweden.  Intimate Curve was premiered by RLPO in 2015, and FitkinWall released their new album Lost and toured the UK and Europe.   

The band have recorded a double CD at Real World this year which is due for release at the end of 2016.