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Awards & Acheivements

1964 B Ed University of London
1966 LTCL Trinity College of Music
1970 BMus University of Southampton
1971 Chopin Fellowship to Poland British Council
1972 Gulbenkian Fellowship Royal Ballet London
1973 Radcliffe International Composers’ Prize
1976 D Mus University of Southampton
1983-86 1st Composer in Residence Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
1983 PhD University of Lancaster

Biography

1943-49
  • 1943: Born in August in the City of Birmingham, UK.
  • 1948: Moves to rural Suffolk at the age of 5; a period of genesis for his love of and interest in the natural world.
1950-1959
  • 1951: Moves to Broadway in the Cotswolds when Studies in Violin and Piano commence.
  • 1957: First compositions.
1960-1969
1970-1979
  • 1970-73: PhD studies at University of Leeds (A special Theory of Related Forms).
  • 1971: First major performance of new work (solo clarinet and tape – Hacker), Edinburgh Festival.
  • 1971: Chopin Scholarship to Poland. Studies with Witold Lutosławski.
  • 1971: First BBC Radio 3 broadcast. Shinkokinshu with Jane Manning and The Fires of London, cond. Harrison Birtwistle.
  • 1972: Gulbenkian Fellowship for studies at The Royal Ballet. Ballet Les Saltimbanques with Ballet Rambert (Joseph Scoglio).
  • 1972: Radcliffe International Composers’ Prize.
  • 1973-76: Published by Chester Music, London.
  • 1973-83: Lectureship in Music. University of Lancaster.
  • 1975: BBC Promenade Concert Commission. Leviathan. BBCSO, cond. Andrew Davies.
  • 1976-88: Published by Schott London.
  • 1976: Brighton Festival Commission, GesangbuchBBC Singers. The beginning of more than 4 decades of collaboration and deep friendship with The BBC Singers.
  • Numerous commissions from Festivals in the UK including Cheltenham, Bath, Petworth, City of London and Leeds. Many broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.
  • 1976: DMus University of Southampton.
  • 1977: Commissioned to write a Piano Concerto for the Queen’s Jubilee. Proms. RLPO, cond. Groves.
  • 1978: Visiting Professorship. University of Florida Gainsville USA
  • 1979: First major solo exhibition of paintings. Tryon Gallery London.
  • 1979: First USA solo exhibition Gallery 251 Chicago USA.
  • 1979: Guest Professorship University of Kassel, Germany
  • 1979: Commedia. Opera Commission from the State Opera in Kassel, Germany.
  • Debut as conductor (own work Endymion Nocturnes) Philharmonica of London, QEH.
1980-1989
  • 1980-89: 7 major exhibitions of paintings and drawings: Germany, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, USA, UK.
  • 1981: Covent Garden Commission for new Opera on Ned Kelly (abandoned by the composer!).
  • 1981: First visit to Australia.
  • 1981: ASV record Kelly Variations for solo piano.
  • 1982: Artist in Residence. Sydney College of the Arts.
  • 1982: Senior Lecturer, University of Lancaster.
  • 1983-86: First Granada Composer/Conductor with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
  • 1983: Appointed Professor and first Director of the School of Creative Arts. University of Wollongong NSW.
  • 1984: Concerto for Orchestra. BBC Proms, RLPO cond. Williams.
  • Choral Symphony. Leeds Festival Commission, RLPO.
  • 1986: Commissioned to write music and present for Leonardo. BBC2.
  • 1986: Hyperion record the Concerto for Orchestra and 2nd Clarinet Concerto.
  • 1987: Edward Lear – Granada TV Music and presentation.
  • 1987. Begins conductorships with The Australia Ensemble and The Seymour Group, Sydney NSW.
  • 1987: Conducts Queensland, Sydney, Adelaide and Tasmanian ABC Symphony orchestras.
  • 1988: Becomes Australian Citizen.
  • 1988: Towards New Music. ABCFM commission for major Radio Series (11 programmes).
  • 1989: Voices of the Land. ABCFM commission for major Radio Series (12 programmes).
1990-1999
  • 1989-1995: Professor and Director. Australian Arts Fusion Centre, James Cook University, Qld. Australia.
  • 1993: 50th Birthday commissions from ABC including the Cello Concerto.
  • Marries the Australian visual artist, Heather Johns.
  • 1995: Returns to England.
  • 1996-2008: Professor and Director of Research Dartington College of Arts.
2000-2009
  • 2003-06: Appointed first composer in association with the BBC Singers.
  • 2003: Signs with United Music Publishers.
  • 2003-06: First Artist in Residence, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
  • Gradual build-up of performances, major commissions and recordings including a total of 11 BBC commissions as part of his association with the BBC Singers.
  • 2000-09: Exhibitions of drawings, Australia, France and UK.
  • 2003: 60th birthday concert given by the BBC Singers and The English Guitar Quartet.
  • 2004: UHR release of 24 Preludes for Piano (Mead).
  • Commences collaborative partnership with The Coull Quartet. Quartet 5 and The Colours of Dark Light.
  • 2006: UHR release Rutherford’s Lights. 32 pieces for solo piano (Casey).
  • 2008: Cowie retires from University work and works full-time as a composer. He divides his time between his home in the UK and his home in SW France.
2010-
  • 2011: Cowie founds and directs Earth Music Festival Bristol.
  • 2011: Begins collaborative relationship with The Kreutzer Quartet.
  • 2012: Signum Classics release Gesangbuch with the BBC Singers and Endymion.
  • 2013: 70th birthday celebrations including a special concert by the BBC Singers and a BBC Prom Commission Earth Music 1 BBC Phil., cond. Noseda.
  • 2014: Particle Partita, commissioned by Oxford University Department of Physics.
  • 2015: Spitfire Motets, BBC Singers commissioned by Air Commodore Ian Stewart CBE.
  • 2014-16: Three new commissioned radio programmes Drawing towards Music and The Singing Planet, ABC Radio National.
  • 2014: 6th string quartet commissioned by The Kreutzer Quartet.
  • 2017: 7th string quartet for The Kreutzer Quartet.
  • 2017: New Guitar work commissioned by The Julian Bream Trust for 2019.

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