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JAMES
MACMILLAN

CONDUCTOR

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Sir James MacMillan is one of today’s most successful composers and is also internationally active as a conductor. His musical language is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music, blended with influences from Far Eastern, Scandinavian and Eastern European music.

MacMillan first became internationally recognised after the extraordinary success of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie at the BBC Proms in 1990. His prolific output has since been performed and broadcast around the world. His major works include percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, which has received close to 500 performances, a cello concerto for Mstislav Rostropovich and four symphonies. Recent major works include his Percussion Concerto No.2 for Colin Currie and, most recently, Symphony No.4, premiered by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Runnicles, which receives its US premiere this season by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where MacMillan is 2016/17 Composer of the Year, under Manfred Honeck.

MacMillan enjoys a flourishing career as conductor of his own music alongside a range of contemporary and standard repertoire, praised for the composer’s insight he brings to each score. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie until 2013 and was Composer/Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic from 2000-09; he has conducted orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Radio Symphony, Danish Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra among others.

Highlights of the 2016/17 season include the world premieres of his Stabat Mater with The Sixteen and Britten Sinfonia, his Trombone Concerto with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and a new Horn Concerto arrangement. MacMillan will be the focus of a Glasgow-wide celebration of his music in March 2017 and as part of this he will conduct the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.  Elsewhere this season MacMillan conducts the English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

In October 2014 MacMillan founded his music festival, The Cumnock Tryst, which takes place annually in his native Ayrshire. MacMillan was awarded a CBE in 2004 and a Knighthood in 2015.

MacMillan has directed many of his own works on disc for Chandos, BIS and BMG, most recently a series on Challenge Records including MacMillan’s violin concerto A Deep but Dazzling Darkness and percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel with Colin Currie and the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie. His latest release on Harmonia Mundi with Britten Sinfonia included his Oboe Concerto and won the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Award.

Sir James MacMillan is represented by Intermusica.

The works of James MacMillan are published by Boosey & Hawkes.

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