Welcome to the website of Scottish composer
John McLeod CBE
John is passionate about life and about music and that is reflected in his colourful and challenging orchestral, vocal and instrumental works which are now being commissioned, performed and recorded by leading orchestras and soloists throughout the world.
‘John McLeod is a very singular composer, his music unlike anyone else’s. Although it can also be extremely sensual, McLeod’s music often seems granite-like, boldly coloured, charged with a sometimes savage energy, and somehow thoroughly Nordic’.
Stephen Pettitt (Music Critic – The Sunday Times)
Recent highlights include
BBC Proms – Aldeburgh Festival – St Magnus Festival – two Scottish Chamber Orchestra premieres – a new Piano Sonata No.5 and three highly acclaimed CDs of his chamber music, orchestral works, and the complete music for solo piano – all played by outstanding artists including Red Note Ensemble, Dame Evelyn Glennie, the RSNO and pianist Murray McLachlan.
For details see Latest News here
John McLeod is one of Scotland’s foremost composers and amongst the UK’s busiest and most prolific. He studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music with Sir Lennox Berkeley, but later came under the influence of Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski who became his mentor. John has won many awards for his work including the Guinness Prize for British composers.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 1989 and was a recipient of the Ivors Academy Gold Badge in 2014. He has been shortlisted twice for an Ivors British Composer Award and in June 2016 was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. In 2019 the University of Aberdeen conferred on him the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music.
His works have been commissioned, performed and recorded by leading orchestras including the Philharmonia, Hallé, BBC SSO (12 works broadcast) RSNO, SCO, NYOS (22 performances) as well as orchestras in Poland, Germany and the USA and by many ensembles and international soloists including Dame Evelyn Glennie, Colin Currie, Peter Donohoe, Raimund Gilvan, Benjamin Luxon, Jane Manning, Mark Tanner and Murray McLachlan.
Please refer to main Biography for more details
Please take time to browse through the various sections of the website, perhaps starting with his Biography to discover more about his career to date and then find out where and when you can hear his music ‘live’ this year at Latest News and Performances.
John is always pleased to hear your comments and enquiries so don’t forget to use the Contact and Links section of the site.