Alasdair Nicolson: The Composers’ Fund
Alasdair Nicolson is one of Scotland’s foremost composers who first came to public acclaim in the early 1990s having won the prestigious IBM Composers’ Prize.
His music is a rich mix of influences frequently drawing on his upbringing off the west coast of Scotland on the Isle of Skye. His music reflects the miscellany of his own life – rich in colour and texture, with the ability to shape shift and surprise the listener at every turn. The grandeur of his orchestral canvases is cast into sharp relief by the delicacy of his chamber music.
As well as an international career as a composer, he is also a conductor and teacher and highly regarded as a creative producer. He has followed in the footsteps of many eminent composers as Artistic Director of St Magnus International Festival in the Orkney Islands and formerly at Bath International Music Festival. He has worked tirelessly to put new work on stage and to encourage young people, non professionals and local communities to engage with new music and composition.