2018 Panufnik Composers Announced

Guided by renowned composer Colin Matthews along with other mentors, the LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme enables composers to experiment over time and develop their orchestral writing skills. The LSO is delighted to announce that our 2018 composers are ...

 Joel Järventausta

Joel J 368x400 webJoel Järventausta is a Finnish composer currently studying for a Masters in Composition with Dr. Dai Fujikura at the Royal College of Music in London as a Charles Stewart Richardson Scholar supported by Joseph Clover Scholarship. His past teachers include Veli-Matti Puumala and Dr. Martin Suckling. Recent achievements include being a finalist in Royal Northern Sinfonia’s ‘New Year, New Music’ competition and winning the RCM Concerto Competition. Joel also took part in the Britten-Pears Composition Course 2017 and is currently writing a new piece for a workshop at Festival Mixtur, Spain.



Cassie Kinoshi 368x400 webCassie Kinoshi is a composer and alto saxophonist known for her work with jazz septet Nerija (Best Newcomer Parliamentary Jazz Award Winners 2017/Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year 2016 Nominee) Afrobeat band Kokoroko and her own large ensemble Seed. Alongside working frequently within the world of live performance, Cassie has also written for short film (Anne Verheij, ICA Best Experimental Short Film Award 2017 Nominee and London Short Film Festival 2018). Her most recent ventures include a Sound and Music funded event with her ten-piece ensemble SEED and working as the sole composer for The Old Vic Theatre's professional development programme (Old Vic 12) 2016-17. Cassie has just completed recording her debut album with SEED Ensemble, produced by composer and alto-saxophonist Jason Yarde and to be released in April 2018 on label Jazz Re:Freshed.



B029494LARPOE58 Lara Poe 368x400 webLara Poe is a Finnish-American composer and is currently studying with Kenneth Hesketh at the Royal College of Music as an RCM scholar supported by the RCM.  Her works have been performed in the US, Europe, and Asia.  Poe has received recognition in several competitions, including the BMI Student Composer Award William Schuman Prize in 2017 and the first prize of the 2016 American Prize in Chamber Music composition, student division.  This past summer, Poe was a participant in the 2017 Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and her piece Mirror Rim will be performed at the 2018 Aldeburgh Festival.




Ido Romano 

DSC 0030 original 368x400 webIdo Romano (b. 1987) is a composer from Jerusalem currently studying at the Jerusalem Academy of Music with Yinam Leef. His past teachers include Ari Ben- Shebetai, Gyula Fekete and Boaz Ben- Moshe. His notable works include Elevations (2017) for chamber orchestra, commissioned by the Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra, and Detour (2016) for chamber ensemble which won first place in the composition contest named after the late Mark Kopytman and performed by Meitar Ensemble. His contemporary musical language is influenced by western classical music, electronic, jazz, folk traditions and Turkish classical music, in which he specializes and performs. He holds a Bachelors degree for which he was awarded the Academy President Prize in the 2015/16 academic year.



George Stevenson 

GGeroge Stevenson 368x400 webeorge Stevenson is a Scottish composer based in London. Recent works have been for musicians of the Russian National Orchestra, Psappha Ensemble, Assembly Project, Solovey Ensemble, Brodick Quartet, Pentaèdre and Duo Palladium, as well as for dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet. George was awarded First Prize in the St Magnus Composers’ Competition as well as receiving the Dvořák Prize at the International Dvořák Competition. He also won Creative Scotland’s ‘The Night With...’ Call for Scores, the Montréal Concert Society Prize and the Renée B. Fisher Composers’ Award. In London George studied with Julian Anderson and Joseph Phibbs, and in Moscow with Alexander Tchaikovsky.


Alex Tay

Alex Tay headshot 368x400 webAlex Tay has studied composition with Robin Holloway, Richard Causton, Christian Mason and Jeremy Thurlow, had works performed in venues such as West Road Concert Hall, Kings College Chapel and the Royal Albert Hall. He has worked with Hugh Brunt, Gerry Cornelius, Patrick Bailey, the Britten Sinfonia and the Heath Quartet. Alex also held the position of Cambridge University Music Society Joint-Composer-in-Residence in 2014 which resulted in a commission for the Harrison Birtwistle 80th Anniversary Secret Theatres Festival in Cambridge. In 2015 Alex won the Britten Sinfonia's Cambridge Composition Workshop. Alex is in his second year of a composition PhD and has been studying with Professor Julian Anderson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His area of research is the integration of illusion into composition.




The LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme is generously supported by Lady Hamlyn and The Helen Hamlyn Trust.

You can watch LSO Guest Conductor François-Xavier Roth workshop pieces by the 2017 composers with the LSO on Sunday 18 March at LSO St Luke's. Click here to find out more.