Robert Laidlow

Robert Laidlow is a composer and performer currently studying for a Master’s degree in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music with David Sawer. His music has been performed both in the UK and abroad, and has been broadcast on Resonance FM.

Robert has enjoyed writing commissions for a wide range of ensembles and soloists. He was recently commissioned to write for the 49th Campos de Jordão Festival in Sao Paulo in 2018, where he has also been invited to attend as a Composition Fellow in the past. His music has been performed by groups including Ensemble Modern, the Britten Sinfonia, CoMA London, Les Laurentines, the Inflexio Duo, the Blossom Street Singers and the Royal Academy New Music Ensemble, which he co-founded.

After graduating from Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, with First Class Honours, he began a postgraduate composition course at the Royal Academy of Music in receipt of the Dr. Mosco Carner Scholarship for 2016-2018. In addition to his study with David Sawer, he has also received lessons from internationally renowned composers Judith Weir, Oliver Knussen, and Bent Sorensen, among others.

He believes strongly in accessibility of new music and works hard to make sure as many performers and audiences as possible can become involved with the practice. To this end he has written for several school and amateur ensembles as well as professional groups. His music is rhythmic and lively yet often fragmentary and fleeting. Beyond composition and performance he is also a dedicated teacher, volunteer and outdoors enthusiast.

Robert worked with ACM in 2017 for Doors Open Milwaukee.