Dr Jonathan Cole
Jonathan Cole is a London based composer and teacher.
From 1997 to 2006 he composed a series of acclaimed works, working closely with the London Sinfonietta who premiered three pieces and toured his music in Sweden and Switzerland, recording Testament with conductor Oliver Knussen. Both Ouroboros II and Testament were nominated for RPS awards and in 1999 he was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Composition prize. In 1999, 2000 and 2002 his music was featured as part of the 'State of the Nation' Festival in London's South Bank Centre. Advocates of his music have included George Benjamin who commissioned Penumbra for the London Symphony Orchestra in 2003 and Mark Anthony Turnage who programmed works with both the BBC Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
His recent music has been described by Tim Rutherford-Johnson as sounding “a world away from anything written by his British contemporaries” marking him out “as one of the most strikingly original and provocative voices in British contemporary music.” This music explores the relationship between score and performers and draws on the sounds of London, conjuring up structures which seem to exist on the fragile threshold between crystallization and decay.
His works have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as well as in Belgium, Japan, Sweden and USA. CDs include Caught (Composer's Ensemble), Testament (London Sinfonietta) and tss’k’haa (Roderick Williams).
From 2009 - 2013 he was composer-in-association with the London Contemporary Orchestra and in 2012 he was instrumental in setting up the re:sound collective.
Jonathan Cole is a professor of composition at the Royal College of Music where he is leads the taught postgraduate composition course and has also taught at King's College, London and the Purcell School.
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Dr Jonathan Cole
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