Martin Suckling

Senior Lecturer

Martin Suckling, a composer and violinist, is Senior Lecturer in the Music Department at the University of York. He holds doctorates from the Royal Academy of Music and Yale University where he was a Paul Mellon Fellow from 2003-5. Previous studies were at Clare College Cambridge and King’s College London, and his teachers included George Benjamin, Robin Holloway, Paul Patterson, Ezra Laderman, Martin Bresnick and Simon Bainbridge. He has benefitted from residencies at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldeburgh Music, the Aspen Festival, and IRCAM. He has been commissioned by many leading orchestras and ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta.  Notable conductors of his works include Oliver Knussen, Ilan Volkov, François-Xavier Roth, Robin Ticciati, Pierre-André Valade, Thierry Fischer and George Benjamin.  Deploying a personal approach to microtonality, his music is performed internationally to considerable critical acclaim and has won numerous awards including the 2008 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize and, most recently, a highly sought-after Philip Leverhulme Prize. Martin is published by Faber Music and was Associate Composer with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 2013-2018.