Jonathan Harvey 1939 - 2012

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ISM Lifetime Achievement Award

October, 2012 - The ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) announced the award of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Jonathan.

On accepting the award, Jonathan said:
'I am overjoyed to receive the incredible honour of an ISM Lifetime Achievement Award which is one of the greatest honours of my life.'

ISM Chief Executive Deborah Annetts added:
'This award is presented to acknowledge that Jonathan has created a different way of speaking, and provided a fundamentally different way of hearing the world, through music.'

Read more at the ISM web site.

June, 2012 WELTETHOS received its UK premiere at the opening night of the London 2012 Festival, Cultural Olympiad.
Read more at Faber Music web site. Or this article by Michael Downes - open/download pdf

On May 8th, 2012 MESSAGES was given the Royal Philharmonic Society's Award for large-scale composition. Read more here.

A CD of the opera WAGNER DREAM has been released and is available from the Cypres web site.

28th January, 2012 - London
The Barbican Centre in London hosted the BBC's TOTAL IMMERSION in Jonathan Harvey's music performing 16 works.
For more information visit Faber Music.
Also, visit the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

On October the 13th & 15th, 2011 the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle premiered the eighty minute WELTETHOS. Listen to the piece on the Berlin Philharmonic web site available in their archives.

A new recording of BIRD CONCERTO WITH PIANO SONG has been released on the NMC label. The work is available as a CD or an mp3 download on their web site.
- Read a review from the BBC Music Magazine.
- It was CD of the Week on the BBC, and CD of the week on New York's Classical Music station. Bird Concerto with Piano Song has also been nominated (March 2012) for the "Bestenliste Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik" (Prize for the best disc from the German record critics).

The aeon CD "Speakings" was awarded the Prix Caecilia de l'Union de la Presse Musicale Belge, 2011. This is the second year running Harvey has won this award.

New CD of chamber music from the Dynamis Ensemble. Details at Stradivarius.

New CD release featuring: The Angels, Ashes Dance Back, Marahi & The Summer Cloud's Awakening. Details at Hyperion Records.

A 70th Anniversary Box Set of Harvey's work is available from Sargasso Music.

Jonathan was awarded the Prince Pierre de Monaco Composition Prize in 2009 for the orchestral work Speakings, in the same year he became the only British composer since its inception in 1970 to win the Charles Cros Grand Prix du Président de la République for a life's work (previous winners included Messiaen, Lutowslawski, Carter, Boulez, Xenakis, Ligeti, Kurtag and Kagel) and in 2010 the St. Caecilia Prize of the Belgian Musical Press Union for the CD of the Complete Quartets played by the Arditti Quartet.


'Harvey's music - ecstatic, inspired, filled now with contemplative rapture, then suddenly with exuberant, joyful dance, and always beautiful - has long stirred me. Among contemporary composers there is none except Stockhausen who can so regularly "with sweetness, through mine ear, dissolve me into extasies, and bring all Heav'n before mine eyes".

Andrew Porter, The Times Literary Supplement 19/11/99

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(copyright: jonathan harvey 2010)