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Emily Howard

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Emily Howard


Emily Howard (b. 1979, Liverpool, England) is a British composer.

After completing a degree in mathematics and computer science at Lincoln College, Oxford, Howard received a master's in music degree for composition from the Royal Northern College of Music and a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester. In 2008, she was commissioned to write a work for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to mark Liverpool's recognition as a European Capital of Culture in 2008. The resulting piece Magnetite received critical acclaim, and Howard went on to win an award from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Howard's distinctive music is notable for its granular use of instrumental color, powerful word-setting and inventive connections with mathematical shapes and processes. She has written works for orchestra, wind ensemble, solo voice, chamber groups, and other mediums.

In 2010, she became the inaugural UBS composer-in-residence in conjunction with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Bridge Academy in Hackney, writing Solar for the orchestra. This work was praised by the Financial Times for its ability "to suggest galactic power on a compact scale". In 2011, Howard's music was the focus of Wien Modern, which saw performances of Magnetite in the Musikverein by the Tonkünstler Orchestra (Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor), and Solar and Calculus of the Nervous System in the Wiener Konzerthaus, performed by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (Sir James MacMillan, conductor).

Works for Winds by this Composer