Robin Haigh (b.1993) is a composer from London, whose music has been performed across the UK, as well as in continental Europe and America. He recently won a British Composer Award for his piece In Feyre Foreste for five recorder players, and is looking forward to performances of his music in 2018 by the Royal Northern Sinfonia and LSO Chamber Ensemble, as well as a release on NMC Recordings.
He is particularly interested in dramatic music; his opera, The Man Who Woke Up, was premiered in London in 2015, and went on to receive three performances in 2016 with Thompson Street Opera Company in Louisville, Kentucky. This was followed by a commission from East London Music Group for his 1936: An East London Uprising for two narrators and large ensemble, and the site-specific Die Nächte in Berlin for the Art of Chaos Festival in the basement of Shoreditch Town Hall. He also specialises in writing for historical and lesser-used instruments, having received performances from The Dunedin Consort, Elizabeth Kenny (lute), Tabea Debus (recorder), and Duo Ex Libris (quarter-tone pianos), with further pieces in progress for Luke Carver Goss (accordion), and Zi Lan Liao (guzheng).
Robin studied at Goldsmiths University of London with Dmitri Smirnov, and then at the Royal Academy of Music with Edmund Finnis and David Sawer. While at the Academy, he was awarded the Eric Coates Prize for his orchestral piece Movado, and participated in lessons and masterclasses with Magnus Lindberg, Bent Sorensen, Oliver Knussen, Judith Weir, and Michael Finnissy. He is currently participating in both Sound and Music’s Next Wave 2 scheme, and the London Symphony Orchestra’s Soundhub scheme.
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