Martin Suckling is a composer and violinist.
The SCO and I have put together a resource pack exploring the background to my piece for orchestra and electronics, Meditation (after Donne), which you can access here. For this I spent a happy day layering lots and lots of microtonal violin lines to make an abridged version version of the piece for 20 x me + electronics. You can listen here. (Warning: it starts with the sound of 82 bells striking in very fast succession. This is loud!)
Poet in the City have uploaded their Memento event recorded at King's Place in January, which featured the first performance of my String Quintet: Emily's Electrical Absence, performed by soloists from the Aurora Orchestra alongside new poetry by Frances Leviston. You can watch this on Youtube or by scrolling down to the audio section below. . .
Mark Stone's mesmerising performance of Candlebird with the Aurora Orchestra under Nicholas Collon at King's Place was recorded for BBC Radio 3 in Concert and will be broadcast on Monday 16th April at 7.30pm. The concert, titled 'Sparks and Flickers' also features Mozart's rarely heard Piano Concerto no. 16 in D major, and a thrilling rendition of Beethoven's Fourth Symphony.
I'm delighted that my flute concerto, The White Road, has been shortlisted for the 2018 Scottish Awards for New Music in the catchily-named 'Large Scale Work (11+ performers) sponsored by PRS for Music' category. Props to the very very wonderful Katherine Bryan who asked me to write it 20 years ago, and the RSNO who commissioned it!
It's great to be part of the Time Unwrapped festival at King's Place, and I'm really looking forward to the premiere of my quintet, Emily's Electrical Absence, with poetry by Frances Leviston next weekend.
Incidentally I think it may actually be the first time that both my brother and I have been in the same brochure (p.8 and p.22). Good to have a theme that covers Bach and new music!
dedicated audio page coming soon
Martin Suckling was born in Glasgow in 1981. After spending his teenage years performing in the National Youth Orchestra and in ceilidh bands around Scotland, Suckling studied music at Clare College Cambridge and King’s College London. He was Paul Mellon Fellow at Yale University from 2003-5, undertook doctoral research at the Royal Academy of Music, and subsequently became a Stipendiary Lecturer in Music at Somerville College, Oxford. His teachers include George Benjamin, Robin Holloway, Paul Patterson, Martin Bresnick, Ezra Laderman, and Simon Bainbridge. He has benefited from residencies at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldeburgh, Aspen, and IRCAM, and has won numerous awards including the 2008 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize and, most recently, a highly sought-after Philip Leverhulme Prize. He lives in Manchester and is currently Senior Lecturer in the Music Department at the University of York.
Candlebird, his settings of poems by Don Paterson for baritone and eighteen players, was premiered to critical acclaim by the London Sinfonietta in 2011. Suckling has been commissioned by many leading orchestras and ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Britten Sinfonia and Hebrides Ensemble. Notable champions of his works include Ilan Volkov, François-Xavier Roth, Robin Ticciati and Pierre-André Valade. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2008 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize.
Recent works include a series of ‘musical postcards’ for the Scottish Ensemble, Release for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Nocturne - a duet for violin and cello - commissioned by Aldeburgh Music. Six Speechless Songs, Suckling’s first work as composer in association with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, was premiered in February 2014 with the press praising its ‘glistening textures' and ‘Ravellian intimacy.’ Songs from a Bright September for bass and piano trio followed later that year and 2015 saw a clarinet trio Visiones (after Goya) unveiled at the Aldeburgh Festival. Current projects include a Piano Concerto for Tom Poster and the SCO.