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

Past engagements include 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. He was nominated for a Scottish Award for New Music in 2018 and a Creative Edinburgh Award in 2019, 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 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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