John Pickard

John Pickard (born 11 September 1963) is a British classical composer.

Pickard was born in Burnley, Lancashire, England. He studied music and composition at the University of Wales, with Welsh composer William Mathias, and later in the Netherlands with Louis Andriessen and in 1989 was awarded a PhD in composition from the University of Wales. Since 1993 he has taught at the University of Bristol, where he is Professor of Composition and Applied Musicology, and was Head of Music between 2009 and 2013, and again between 2017 and 2018. Pickard is also conductor of the University of Bristol Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society.

Pickard has composed a number of critically well-received orchestral and instrumental works, among them six symphonies and a number of symphonic works, including perhaps his best-known piece, The Flight of Icarus, which the San Francisco Chronicle called "a translucent and achingly lovely memorial to the fallen Icarus ... a serious contender for the most exciting musical premiere of 2006". His orchestral writing has been highly praised: in March 2008 The Times commented that "his orchestral mastery is total", while, in April 2008 The Guardian described his music as "at its best virtuosically effective, in a style that never seems either self-consciously conservative or too stubbornly middle-of-the-road". He has also composed a piano concerto, a trombone concerto titled The Spindle of Necessity, and six string quartets. The Strad stated that the fourth quartet was "one of the best pieces of British chamber music to be heard for years", while Tempo, reviewing a recording of his quartets nos. 2, 3 and 4, offered the opinion that "if Pickard were never to write another quartet in his life, his place among the greats is secure".

Between 2005 and 2016 Pickard was also the General Editor of the Elgar Complete Edition.


Geburtsdatum:11.09.1963 (♍ Jungfrau)
Alter:59Jahre 8Monate 23Tage
Nationalität:Vereinigtes Königreich
Berufe:Komponist, Musikwissenschaftler, Professor für Musikkomposition,


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