Tom Coult is a composer born in London in 1988. His playful and seductive music has been championed by many of the UK’s major orchestras and ensembles, resulting in a series of acclaimed large-scale pieces including Beautiful Caged Thing for soprano Claire Booth and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Sonnet Machine for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and St John’s Dance (premiered by Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra to open the First Night of the 2017 BBC Proms).
This latest appointment establishes 32-year-old Coult as one of the most distinctive and admired composers of his generation
Ashutosh Khandekar, Classical Music Magazine
In 2021 he was made Composer-in-Association with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, who have played his music on a number of occasions – the first major piece of his residency was Pleasure Garden, a concerto for violinist Daniel Pioro, also broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He has enjoyed further associations with ensembles such as Britten Sinfonia and London Sinfonietta (who premiered Spirit of the Staircase, nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts Award), and in 2022 will be Composer-in-Residence at Switzerland’s Musikdorf Ernen Festival.
Listen: Tom Coult's String Quartet (2018)
Performed by Quatuor Diotima, Maison de la Radio, Paris, 8 Feb 2020
Funny and surreal and delicately poetic, all at once... Coult is a composer who spins glittering, teasingly ambiguous patterns out of simple-seeming material…a very individual voice
Further orchestral performances have come from Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras and Orchestra of the Swan, while his chamber works have earned performances by ensembles including Arditti Quartet, Psappha, Quatuor Diotima, Fidelio Trio, Riot Ensemble and soloists from the Philharmonia.
Full of bewitching sounds…fresh and precisely imagined
Tom studied at the University of Manchester with Camden Reeves and Philip Grange and at King’s College London with George Benjamin. Between 2017 and 2019 he was Visiting Fellow Commoner in the Creative Arts at Trinity College Cambridge, and has taught on the Britten Sinfonia Academy composition course and with Aldeburgh Young Musicians. Awards include a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists, the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Prize and the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize.