Alastair White is a Scottish composer and writer. Described as “spellbinding” (Boulezian), “beautiful” (730 Review), “virtuosic” (Winnipeg Free Press) and “intriguing” (Planet Hugill), his work is characterised by a lyrical complexity which draws influence from technology, science, politics and philosophy.  Recent projects include the operas WEAR and ROBE, and a string quartet for the Altius Quartet’s album Quadrants Vol. 3. 

Past engagements have seen him work with the opera festivals Tête-a-Tête and Opera in the City, the international festival STanza, The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, The Scottish Poetry Library, and the feature film 'Treasure Trapped' starring Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones). He was nominated for a Scottish Award for New Music in 2018, and is a PARMA Recordings Artist. 

Alastair was a founding member of the Edinburgh-based bands White Heath (Electric Honey) and Blank Comrade (Red Wharf), and has worked as a session pianist and producer. He curated a series of nights at The Forest Fringe in Edinburgh which drew praise from The Guardian, and earlier this year organised a conference on realism which included practice-based presentations and performances. He has published a range of articles on new approaches to musicology, and speaks internationally about his research interests. He is currently undertaking a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London with Roger Redgate and Lauren Redhead.


Alastair White

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