David Sawer

London-based composer David Sawer's music is regularly heard in concert halls and opera houses throughout the UK and Europe. He has received commissions from the BBC Proms, English National Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Opera North, Garsington Opera, Bregenz Festival, Cheltenham Festival, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and ensemble musikFabrik.

Major orchestral works include the scores Byrnan Woodthe greatest happiness principle, Flesh and Blood, the ballets Rumpelstiltskin and Cat's-Eye, and April\March, which was subsequently set as a new dance work by Aletta Collins for the Royal Ballet. Tiroirs, commissioned by the Michael Vyner Trust for the London Sinfonietta, was selected for the ISCM World Music Days.

Drama, or a fascination with theatrical possibilities, is present in many of his works, and he has written a number of scores for the theatre and for radio. Operas include From Morning to Midnight for English National Opera, which premièred at the London Coliseum, and for which he received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, Skin Deep with librettist Armando Iannucci, and The Skating Rink, which premiered at Garsington Opera to critical acclaim.

Sawer studied at the University of York and in Cologne with Mauricio Kagel on a DAAD scholarship; he has been awarded the Fulbright-Chester-Schirmer Fellowship in Composition, a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award and the Arts Foundation’s Composer Fellowship. Since 2008 he has been Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.

He is published by Universal Edition and Edition Peters.

 

 

 

Biography

London-based composer David Sawer's music is regularly heard in concert halls and opera houses throughout the UK and Europe. He has received commissions from the BBC Proms, English National Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Opera North, Garsington Opera, Bregenz Festival, Cheltenham Festival, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and ensemble musikFabrik.

Major orchestral works include the scores Byrnan Woodthe greatest happiness principle, Flesh and Blood, the ballets Rumpelstiltskin and Cat's-Eye, and April\March, which was subsequently set as a new dance work by Aletta Collins for the Royal Ballet. Tiroirs, commissioned by the Michael Vyner Trust for the London Sinfonietta, was selected for the ISCM World Music Days.

Drama, or a fascination with theatrical possibilities, is present in many of his works, and he has written a number of scores for the theatre and for radio. Operas include From Morning to Midnight for English National Opera, which premièred at the London Coliseum, and for which he received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, Skin Deep with librettist Armando Iannucci, and The Skating Rink, which premiered at Garsington Opera to critical acclaim.

Sawer studied at the University of York and in Cologne with Mauricio Kagel on a DAAD scholarship; he has been awarded the Fulbright-Chester-Schirmer Fellowship in Composition, a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award and the Arts Foundation’s Composer Fellowship. Since 2008 he has been Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.

He is published by Universal Edition and Edition Peters.

 

 

 

Recordings by this composer

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David Sawer

Rumpelstiltskin

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From Morning to Midnight

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David Sawer

Between

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David Sawer

Bryrnan Wood

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David Sawer

Bronze and Iron [Live]

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Compilations with this composer

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Objects at an Exhibition

Objects at an Exhibition

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David Sawer and Vic Holyand

Rolf Hind plays Sawer and Hoyland

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Spectrum CD Cover

Spectrum

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Bright Future cover

Bright Future

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The NMC Songbook

The NMC Songbook

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