Robert Saxton Recordings
Robert Saxton was born in London in 1953 and began composing aged six. After early advice from Britten, he studied with Elisabeth Lutyens, as an undergraduate at Cambridge with Robin Holloway, as a postgraduate at Oxford with Robert Sherlaw Johnson and with Luciano Berio. He was awarded first prize at the Gaudeamus Music Week, Holland in 1975 and the Fulbright Arts Fellowship to the USA (Princeton, 1985-86). Having been Head of Composition at both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music, he has been at Oxford since 1999, where he is currently Professor of Composition and Tutorial Fellow in Music at Worcester College. In 2015 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of his alma mater, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and is Composer-in-Association at the Purcell School for Young Musicians.
Selected commissions include works for the BBC (Proms, TV and Radio), Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, City of London, Huddersfield, Lichfield and Presteigne festivals, Christ Church Oxford and Stephen Darlington, LPO, LSO,ECO, London Sinfonietta, Nash Ensemble, Opera North, Arditti, Chilingirian and Kreutzer string quartets, Richard Rodney Bennett and Susan Bradshaw,Teresa Cahill, Leon Fleisher, Clare Hammond, Steven Isserlis, Mstislav Rostropovich, Simon Desbruslais and Raphael Wallfisch.
His music is published by Chester/Music Sales, Ricordi (Berlin) and UYMP and recorded on the EMI, Hyperion, Metier, NMC, Sony Classical, Signum and Toccata labels.
Robert Saxton was Composer-in-Residence at the Presteigne Festival in 2016 and is married to the soprano, Teresa Cahill.