Luke Bedford

Luke Bedford is a young British composer who has quietly made a significant name among the composers of his generation with a series of award winning scores that are now being performed internationally.
Luke was born in 1978 and studied composition at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music with Edwin Roxburgh and Simon Bainbridge.
Bedford was the first ever composer in residence at the Wigmore Hall in London. Prizes include the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Artists Award in 2007, the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung Composer’s Prize in music 2012, and several British Composer Awards.
The song cycle Or Voit Tout En Aventure was premièred by the London Sinfonietta with Claire Booth (soprano) and Oliver Knussen in 2006. Tom Service wrote ‘one of the most outstanding pieces by any composer I’ve ever experienced – music of brooding expressive intensity and charged with that indefinable quality that makes a piece sound as if it was written out of sheer necessity.’ It has since received many further performances, including a tour across Europe by Ensemble Modern, with whom he also travelled to Johannesburg for a residency in 2008.
Bedford’s first opera Seven Angels was premièred in 2011 by the Opera Group and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. His second highly acclaimed opera, Through His Teeth (libretto: David Harrower) was premièred at the Royal Opera House in 2014. Both have received further productions in Germany and the USA.
A new orchestral score Instability commissioned by the BBC Proms was premièred in August 2015 by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Juanjo Mena. A concerto for the Arcis Saxophone Quartet and Deutsche Symphonie Orchester was premièred at the Berlin Philharmonie in October 2017.
A portrait CD of his music was produced by Col Legno in 2012, and a studio recording of Through His Teeth was released on the bastille musique label in autumn 2017. 
Recent works include: In The Voices Of The Living, written for Mark Padmore and the London Sinfonietta, and Staggered Nocturne, a percussion concerto for Colin Currie and the Philharmonia.  
 

Biography

Luke Bedford is a young British composer who has quietly made a significant name among the composers of his generation with a series of award winning scores that are now being performed internationally.
Luke was born in 1978 and studied composition at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music with Edwin Roxburgh and Simon Bainbridge.
Bedford was the first ever composer in residence at the Wigmore Hall in London. Prizes include the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Artists Award in 2007, the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung Composer’s Prize in music 2012, and several British Composer Awards.
The song cycle Or Voit Tout En Aventure was premièred by the London Sinfonietta with Claire Booth (soprano) and Oliver Knussen in 2006. Tom Service wrote ‘one of the most outstanding pieces by any composer I’ve ever experienced – music of brooding expressive intensity and charged with that indefinable quality that makes a piece sound as if it was written out of sheer necessity.’ It has since received many further performances, including a tour across Europe by Ensemble Modern, with whom he also travelled to Johannesburg for a residency in 2008.
Bedford’s first opera Seven Angels was premièred in 2011 by the Opera Group and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. His second highly acclaimed opera, Through His Teeth (libretto: David Harrower) was premièred at the Royal Opera House in 2014. Both have received further productions in Germany and the USA.
A new orchestral score Instability commissioned by the BBC Proms was premièred in August 2015 by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Juanjo Mena. A concerto for the Arcis Saxophone Quartet and Deutsche Symphonie Orchester was premièred at the Berlin Philharmonie in October 2017.
A portrait CD of his music was produced by Col Legno in 2012, and a studio recording of Through His Teeth was released on the bastille musique label in autumn 2017. 
Recent works include: In The Voices Of The Living, written for Mark Padmore and the London Sinfonietta, and Staggered Nocturne, a percussion concerto for Colin Currie and the Philharmonia.  
 

Compilations with this composer

Compilations
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Live from State of the Nation 2001

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The NMC Songbook

The NMC Songbook

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The Jerwood Series 3: Jonathan Cole, Ben Foskett and Luke Bedford

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