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HOWARD, Emily (b. 1979)
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“At once sensuous and austere” (BBC Music Magazine), Emily Howard’s music fuses scientific

and emotive catalysts creating work which “seems to despair for mankind while also being

inspiring as music” (The Classical Source).

Composer Emily Howard studied Mathematics and Computation at Oxford University and

often draws on the physics of the natural world as her inspiration. She came to critical

attention with Magnetite, commissioned by Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008 for

the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the first in a series of strongly imagined and acclaimed

orchestral works. The Financial Times wrote of her recent UBS Soundscapes: Pioneers

commission for the London Symphony Orchestra, Solar, that it “manages to suggest galactic

power on a compact scale and sets a trajectory of inexorable slow movement that took it

convincingly in a single revolution to the final bar”.

Howard’s music is performed and broadcast internationally by leading orchestras and

ensembles. She will be a featured composer at Wien Modern 2011 where performances of

her work will include the Austrian premières of Magnetite and Solar and the world première

of a new orchestral work, Calculus of the Nervous System, a Wien Modern commission for

the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Current projects include a piano concerto,

Mesmerism, for pianist Alexandra Dariescu commissioned for the Liverpool Mozart

Orchestra’s 60th Anniversary with support from the PRS for Music Foundation, a new work

for the Elias Quartet commissioned by the Nicholas Boas Trust and her first opera Zátopek!

commissioned by Second Movement as part of New Music 20x12 for the 2012 London

Cultural Olympiad.

Howard teaches composition at the Royal Northern College of Music and holds a Doctorate

in Composition from the University of Manchester. She is Honorary Research Fellow in

Composition at Liverpool Hope University and the first UBS Composer in Residence in

conjunction with the LSO at the Bridge Academy, Hackney. Howard is the recipient of a Paul

Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers.