David Horne is widely regarded as one of the most talented Scottish musicians of his
generation. When still a teenage he established his name both as a pianist, making his BBC
Proms concerto debut in 1990, and as composer, with a prize-winning work at the
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. His composition studies took him to the USA,
first at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and then at Harvard University.
Hornes music can be views both as a response, and as a reaction, to modernism.
His language has evolved naturally from the classically-orientated modernist masters,
exploring essentially abstract musical ideas. Yet Horne deploys these with an attractive
lyricism, a lively ear for instrumentation, and with invigorating energy. Such
communicative qualities have drawn leading virtuoso performers on both sides of the
Atlantic to commission works, including violist Nobuko Imai (Stilled Voices),
percussionist Evelyn Glennie (Reaching Out) and pianist Boris Berezovsky (Liszt).
David Hornes ensemble scores such as Out of the Air and the Concerto
for six Players have been performed internationally by the London Sinfonietta, the
Birmingham contemporary Music Group, the California EAR Unit, the Ensemble für neue Musik
Zürich, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His large-scale output includes
a Piano Concerto whose premiere in 1993 featured the composer as soloist two
chamber operas Jason Field and Travellers, and the music theatre work Beyond
the Blue Horizon, written for Trestle Theatre and the Britten Sinfonia and toured
extensively in the UK in 1997. His chamber works include two string quartets, composed for
the Mendelssohn Festival and Yggdrasil Quartets. Horne has built a strong relationship
with the Northlands Festival in Scotland with a series of commissioned scores.
New works by David Horne include Flex for piano and ensemble, performed in
Boston and London with the composer as soloist, and the recently premiered glow for nine
instrumentalists. Current compositional projects include a Koussivitzky commission for the
aspen Wind Quintet, a new work to be premiered in NewYork by cellist Fred Sherry and the
compose as pianists, and a new stagework for Scottish Opera based on the life of Thomas
Muir for premiere in Edinburgh in Autumn 1999.
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