john mcleod

John McLeod is one of Scotland’s foremost composers and amongst the UK’s busiest and most prolific. He studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music with Sir Lennox Berkeley but later came under the influence of Witold Lutoslawski who became his mentor. John has won many awards for his work including the Guinness Prize for British composers.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 1989 and was a recipient of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) Gold Badge in 2014. He has been shortlisted twice for a British Composer Award and in June 2016 was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

His works have been commissioned, performed and recorded by leading orchestras including the Philharmonia, Hallé, BBC SSO (12 works broadcast) RSNO, SCO, NYOS (22 performances) as well as orchestras in Poland, Germany and the USA and by many ensembles and international soloists including Dame Evelyn Glennie, Colin Currie, Peter Donohoe, Jane Manning and Raimund Gilvan.

In the past few years his output has increased dramatically and has included performances at the BBC Proms, the Aldeburgh and St Magnus Festivals, as well as a major new works for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and pianist Murray McLachlan who performed his new Piano Sonata No.5 over 30 times throughout the world in 2014. A critically acclaimed  CD of his chamber music, by the outstanding Red Note Ensemble, was released in 2015 by the award-winning label Delphian.

Recent commissions include a new choral work for Heriot-Watt University, a song-cycle for Live Music Now and a new viola concerto for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Jane Atkins.

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