‘Causton is one of the finest of the new generation of British composers.’
Tim Ashley, The Guardian
‘...a beguilingly gifted young composer.’
Robin Holloway, The Spectator
‘...exceptionally high standards of invention and imagination place [Causton] alongside the most original figures of his generation.’
Richard Causton studied at the University of York, the Royal College of Music and the Scuola Civica in Milan. He has worked with ensembles such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken, London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Britten Sinfonia and the Nash Ensemble. His music has been recorded on the NMC, Metier, Delphian and London Sinfonietta labels.
In May 1997 he was awarded the Mendelssohn Scholarship in its 150th anniversary year. As a result of this, he studied electroacoustic composition at the Scuola Civica di Musica, Milan. His Phoenix was the winner of the 2006 Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Chamber-Scale Composition, and The Persistence of Memory (1995), which was premiered by Oliver Knussen and the London Sinfonietta at the South Bank Centre, won the Third International ‘Nuove Sincronie’ Composition Competition. Seven States of Rain, composed for Darragh Morgan (violin) and Mary Dullea (piano), won the Best Instrumental Work category of the 2004 British Composer Awards. Other distinctions include the SPNM George Butterworth Award for the solo piano work, Non mi comporto male (1993), and the first ever Fast Forward composition award for Two Pieces for two clarinets (1995). In 2003-5, Causton was Fellow in the Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge.
In addition to composition, Causton writes and lectures on Italian contemporary music and regularly broadcasts for Italian radio (RAI Radio 3).
Recent works include the Chamber Symphony, commissioned by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the Nocturne for 21 Pianos and Twenty-Seven Heavens, commissioned by the European Union Youth Orchestra as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and premièred at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw under the direction of Gianandrea Noseda. Causton has recently finished work on a new piece for the Bath Festival and a new piece for the London Sinfonietta.
In October 2012, Causton took up the newly-created post of Lecturer in Composition at the University of Cambridge. He is currently a House Composer at English National Opera and is also working on a new BBC commission for the Nash Ensemble.
Visit Richard Causton's website"