Shortish biography


Graham Fitkin lives in Cornwall.  He composes for concerts, dance, film and digital media and runs his own ensemble of 9 soloists.  He has had commissions from the BBC Proms, Royal Opera House, New York City Ballet, Yo-Yo Ma, Powerplant, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Ockham's Razor, Ensemble Bash, Sacconi Quartet and many others.    His music has been recorded by Sony, Decca, Bis, Factory and others.

 

 

Long biography

 

Graham collaborates with many performers of new music including Nederlands Blazersensemble, Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott, Smith Quartet, Powerplant, Will Gregory, Piano Circus, Ensemble Bash and Sacconi Quartet. 

 

Orchestral - previously Composer-in-Residence with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Compoer-in-Residence with London Chamber Orchestra.   Commissions from the Halle, BBC Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, RSNO, Athens Camerata, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.  

 

Dance - collaborations with Shobana Jeyasingh, 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.

 

Education/Community - includes 3 UK PRS Composer residencies, 9 regional community projects, university seminars, masterclasses and directed workshops in UK, Japan, Italy and Soweto.

 

Performer - directs Fitkin Band 9-piece group and co-directs FitkinWall with harpist Ruth Wall.

 

Selected UK - Cello Concerto for Yo-Yo Ma at BBC Proms, Mindset for the Royal Ballet, The Athlon for LCO at Cultural Olympiad, Home for Royal Opera House in collaboration with Jasmin Vardimon, Lostfor aerial theatre company Ockham’s Razor with Ruth Wall, Recorder Concerto for Sophie Westbrooke and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Twenty-Six Days for Huddersifeld Contemprary Music Festival, Wingfor Royal Aeronautical Society

 

Selected non-UK - Partially Screaming for Les Percussions Claviers de Lyon, Birch for orchestra to celebrate 2014 European City of Culture, Umea in Sweden, People for Les Elements in Toulouse, Tracking Yesterday’s England for Calefax, Amsterdam, Circuit for Kathy Stott and Noriko Ogawa and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Huoah for New York City Ballet

 

Prizes - three BASCA Composer Awards, International Grand Prix Dance Music Award 2000, Royal Philharmonic Society Composer of the Year 2015

 

Albums Selected - Slow on Decca, Loud on Decca, Flak on Factory Records, Kaplan on Sony, Circuit on Bis, Lost, Vamp and Veneer on GFR