James MacMillan

James MacMillan is the pre-eminent Scottish composer of his generation. He attracted attention with acclaimed BBC Proms premiere of “The Confession of Isobel Gowdie” (1990). In his music, he combines rhythmic excitement, raw emotional power and spiritual meditation. His Percussion concerto “Veni, Veni, Emmanuel” (1992) has received close to 500 performances and his music is programmed worldwide by orchestras including London Symphony Orchestra, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics and Cleveland Orchestra. He was Featured composer at Edinburgh Festival (1993), Southbank Centre in London (1997), BBC Barbican Composer Weekend (2005), Grafenegg Festival (2012). Interpreters of his compositions include soloists Evelyn Glennie, Colin Currie, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Vadim Repin, conductors Leonard Slatkin, Sir Andrew Davis, Marin Alsop and Donald Runnicles and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. Recordings of his music are published on BMG/RCA Red Seal, BIS, Chandos, Naxos, Hyperion, Coro, Linn and Challenge Classics. In 2015, James MacMillen was awarded a Knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours.