Cole, Jonathan (b. 1970, Hertfordshire). British composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed throughout Europe and elsewhere.
Dr. Cole began composing at age five and studied composition privately with Malcolm Williamson in Hertfordshire in the late 1980s. He then studied composition with Robert Keeley and David Lumsdaine at King's College London from 1990-94, where he earned his BMus, and with Simon Bainbridge at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1996-97 and there earned his MMus. He finished his studies in composition with Simon Holt at Royal Holloway of the University of London from 1998-2002, where he earned his PhD. He also twice attended Dartington in 1995-96 and attended the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in 1998.
His honors include the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize (1999, for Ouroboros I). BBC, the Brighton Festival, the Britten Estate, pianists Rolf Hind and Robert Keeley, the London Symphony Orchestra, oboist Melinda Maxwell, the organization Music Past and Present, the Ojai Festival, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the Purcell School in London, the Royal Philharmonic Society, and the Soyulla Trio have commissioned him and he has also had a close relationship with the London Sinfonietta, which has premièred three of his works. His music has been performed in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA, including once at the Spitalfields (1997), Aldeburgh (1999), Cheltenham (1999), Britten (2001), and Bath (2003) festivals and three times at the State of the Nation festival at the South Bank Centre (1999-2000, 2002).
He has taught composition at King's College London and the Purcell School since 2001.
Ricordi publishes his music.
Website (publisher): http://www.ricordi.co.uk/cole.htm
COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS
ORCHESTRAL: Ouroboros I, small orchestra (15 players), 1998-99; Ouroboros II, small orchestra (15 players), 1999; Penumbra, small orchestra (20 players), 2002, revised 2004; Temporale Distante, large orchestra (90 or more players), 2003
CHAMBER MUSIC: Quicksilver, 2 clarinets, piano, percussion, 1997; Caught, flute, clarinet, viola, cello, piano, vibraphone, 1998; Totem, oboe, 1998-99; Marble Arch 4.30, violin, viola, cello, 2000; Tafos, 2 clarinets, 2 French horns, 2 violins, 2 celli, double bass, 2001; Suntrap, guitar, 2001; Brood, clarinet, viola, 2003; Sandlining, violin, cello, piano, 2004; Testament, 2 clarinets, 2 B-flat trumpets, 3 violins, 2 violas, 2 celli, double bass, 2 percussion, 2005
VOCAL: Sorful Ter (texts from anonymous medieval British poetry), soprano, piano, 1997; Assassin Hair (text by Georges Bataille), mezzo-soprano, small orchestra (14 players), 2002
PIANO: Trapdoor, 1999; Go Tango, 2002
Caught. Composers' Ensemble (NMC: D076, 2002)
(Last updated on July 18, 2005)