Robin Haigh is a composer from London. In 2017, he became one of the youngest ever recipients of a British Composer Award for his recorder quintet, In Feyre Foreste, at the age of 24. Upcoming projects include pieces for the Ligeti Quartet, Berkeley Ensemble, LSO Chamber Ensemble, and Sage Gateshead’s Young Sinfonia, for whom he is composer in residence.
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, with further performances planned for 2019 in Chicago. Other theatrical works include his 1936 for two narrators and large ensemble, commissioned by East London Music Group, and the site-specific Die Nächte in Berlin for the Art of Chaos Festival in the basement of Shoreditch Town Hall. Much of his work has involved writing for historical and lesser-used instruments, having received performances from Elizabeth Kenny (lute), Tabea Debus (recorder), and Duo Ex Libris (quarter-tone pianos). His piece Zorthern for Luke Carver Goss (accordion) and the Royal Northern Sinfonia was premiered in January 2018, and features on a release by NMC Recordings.
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 was recently selected for both the London Symphony Orchestra’s Soundhub scheme and the PRS Accelerate scheme, and was previously a member of Sound and Music’s Next Wave 2. Later this year he will begin a PhD at the University of York under the supervision of Martin Suckling, funded by a WRoCAH studentship.
“One of the strongest new composing voices working in Britain right now” - M Magazine