Jonathan David Little : Associate Artist
Random Audio Sample: Polyhymnia, Op.10 : lamentation for string orchestra by Jonathan David Little, from the CD Polyhymnia
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Artist website: http://www.jonathanlittle.org
Artist website: https://www.youtube.com/user/Musicalia65
The atmospheric and evocative music of Jonathan David Little, BMus(Hons)(Melb), ThA(AustCollTheol), PhD(Monash), FLCM(Music Comp), FISM, FRSA is characterised by its mystical beauty, intensity, richness of material, and intricate craftsmanship. After initial studies at the University of Melbourne, where he won the Lady Turner Exhibition, he completed a Doctoral degree by research into the development of 'exotic' orchestration in 19th and 20th-century music. Interviewed in the Sept-Oct 2012 issue of American Fanfare, Little's musical style was defined as 'ecstatic minimalism'. Italian and other European critics have preferred the more general terms 'antique futurism' or 'picturesque archaism'.
Little was the first Australian-born composer to be awarded the John Clementi Collard Fellowship - one of the most prestigious awards of the City of London's ancient Worshipful Company of Musicians (est.1500) - and was also the first composer to receive a Professional Development Award from the UK music business's own charity, the Musicians' Benevolent Fund. In 2015 he won a Royal Philharmonic Society 'ENCORE Choral' Award, and in 2017 became the first Australian recipient of Special Distinction for orchestral music in the ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Prize (USA). His polychoral Kyrie was nominated for 'Best Classical Music Recording' at the inaugural 2018 RoundGlass Global Music Awards (USA-India), and his entire body of polychoral music was also nominated for the 2018 CHASS Australia Prize ('for Distinctive Work') - the nation's most distinguished award in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
Jonathan's compositions have won multiple ASCAP and critics' choice awards in the USA, as well as PRS, Chagrin, Bliss and Leighton Trust Awards in the UK. His first major album was one of US Fanfare magazine's top recommended recordings for 2008, while his 2012 album, Polyhymnia, featuring three European orchestras, was nominated in Spain for Best Album of the Year. His critically acclaimed 2017 album of multi-part, a cappella polychoral music, entitled Woefully Arrayed, featured three choirs from the US and UK.
Amongst his writings on music is a 'vast and erudite' two-volume study of musical and literary orientalism, and he formerly undertook research on the future of the music and film industries for the Hudson Institute's American Outlook, and was Consultant Editor of the UK's Musicians' and Songwriters' Yearbook. He is a Fellow of the London College of Music, of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and of the Royal Society of Arts.
Previous posts include Principal of the Academy of Contemporary Music (then Europe's leading institution for students of contemporary music - and the first music education institution to win the Queen's Award for Enterprise, in the Innovation category), before being appointed inaugural Professor of Music Composition and Music History at the University of Chichester, and in 2019 Professor Emeritus. He now pursues a full-time freelance composing and writing career in Australia and the UK. His music is published in Australia by Wirripang.
Jonathan David Little — current to February 2019
Awards & Prizes
|2017||Rudolf Nissim Prize||Special Distinction||Terpsichore, Op.7|
||Polyhymnia, Op.10 : lamentation for string orchestra (2010)||Supported by the Musicians Benevolent Fund (UK) with funding from the Willis & Grace Grant Charitable Trust.|