Alastair White

Alastair White is a Scottish composer and writer. Described as “spellbinding” (Boulezian), “beautiful” (730 Review), “virtuosic” (Winnipeg Free Press), "deftly manic" (American Record Guide) and "passionately atonal" (Gramophone), his work is characterised by a lyrical complexity which draws influence from technology, science, politics and materialism.
Recent projects include the fashion-operas WEAR, ROBE (Métier Records February '21) and WOAD; a string quartet for the Altius Quartet’s album Quadrants Vol. 3 (Navona Records); the documentary opera A Boat in an Endless Blue Sea; WORK: movement through a series of arbitrary partitions for .abeceda; and The Drowning Shore, a Scots-Yiddish cantata.
Shortlisted for a Scottish Award for New Music twice (in 2019 and 2020) and a Creative Edinburgh Award (2019), Alastair has created work for the opera festivals Tête-a-Tête and Opera in the City, the international poetry festival STanza, UKNA City Takeover, Compass Presents, The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and The Scottish Poetry Library. His music is supported by Help Musicians UK, the Hinrichsen Foundation, Marchus Trust, Goldsmiths Graduate Fund and Music Research Committee.
He is currently undertaking a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London with Roger Redgate and Lauren Redhead.


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