Philip Ashworth (b. 1983) is a young British composer with an emerging international profile. A graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, he was awarded a Doctorate in 2015 for his thesis “Developing an approach to large-scale musical composition”. He is the recipient of several scholarships including a Constant and Kit Lambert award, a Drapers Company Award, an RCM Director’s Award and an award from the PRS foundation for new music.
In 2013, he won the Royal College of Music’s concerto competition for composers, for his orchestral work Diurne. This work was subsequently shortlisted for the Alexander Zemlinsky International Composition Competition.
He has had premieres across the United Kingdom, Russia and Europe. In addition to his orchestral works, Philip has a passion for vocal music, and opera in particular.
In 2015 Philip was commissioned to write the latest in a series of world-premiere operas produced by the International Opera Theatre.
Later that year he was approached by violinist, Krysia Osostowicz and pianist, Daniel Tong to collaborate on their Beethoven Plus concert series. Philip was commission to write a companion piece, Air, to be performed alongside the C minor violin sonata.
A new work for guitar ensemble will be performed by Buckinghamshire Youth Guitar Ensemble in 2017.
Philip has been selected to participate in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Composers’ Hub Scheme for 2016/17.