Huw Watkins was born in Wales in 1976. He studied piano with Peter Lawson at Chetham’s School of Music and composition with Robin Holloway, Alexander Goehr and Julian Anderson at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music. In 2001, he was awarded the Constant and Kit Lambert Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music; he now teaches composition at the Royal Academy of Music.
Huw is one of the UK’s foremost composer-pianists, in great demand with orchestras and festivals including the London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, the BBC orchestras, and Aldeburgh and Cheltenham Festivals. Strongly committed to the performance of new music, Huw has recently had piano concertos written for him by Philip Cashian, Helen Grime and Tansy Davies.
A favourite partner for chamber collaborations, Huw Watkins performs regularly with his brother Paul Watkins, as well as Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Mark Padmore. Recent appearances include Wigmore Hall, Birmingham Town Hall, Kettle’s Yard Cambridge, Saffron Walden and West Cork Chamber Music Festival. Further afield Huw has toured extensively all over Europe, and performed in Canada, Mexico and the USA. He has also featured as both Composer in Residence and pianist at festivals including Presteigne Festival and Lars Vogt’s Spannungen Festival in Heimbach, Germany.
He is currently composer-in-association with BBC NOW and won the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 2016 Elise L Stoeger Prize in recognition of significant contributions to the field of chamber music composition.
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Fri 28 June, 4pm, The Bowhouse | £17 / £13 / £5 | Approx. 65 mins
Colin Currie percussion | Huw Watkins piano
JOE DUDDELL Parallel Lines | TOSHIO HOSOKAWA Reminiscence | HELEN GRIME Harp of the North | HUW WATKINS New Work ENF Commission, world premiere