Huw Watkins


Huw Watkins Photo credit: Arena Pal-Hanya Chlala

Huw Watkins' outstanding skill on the piano and beautifully crafted compositions have led the Financial Times to call him "one of the most rounded composer-musicians in the UK." As a pianist, he is in great demand with orchestras and festivals including the London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, the BBC orchestras, and the Aldeburgh and Cheltenham festivals. He has performed globally at concert halls including the Barbican, the Wigmore Hall, the Library of Congress in Washington, and the Smithsonian Institute. As a composer, he has written works for the Nash Ensemble, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Belcea Quartet, Elias Quartet, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. He is currently composer-in-association with BBC NOW and he won the Chamber Music Society's 2016 Elise L. Stoeger Prize in recognition of significant contributions to the field of chamber music composition. His recordings include a disc of Mendelssohn’s cello and piano works with his brother Paul Watkins (Chandos), Alexander Goehr’s piano cycle Symmetry Disorders Reach (Wergo), and Thomas Adès's song cycle The Lover in Winter with countertenor Robin Blaze (EMI Classics). Most recently, NMC Records released a disc of his compositions entitled In my craft or sullen art. Born in Wales, 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. He now teaches composition at the Royal Academy of Music.