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Robert Mitchell

Robert Mitchell

The London Sinfonietta is delighted to be commissioning a new work for solo piano by Robert Mitchell as part of its ongoing Sinfonietta Shorts series. Sinfonietta Shorts are bite-sized pieces of new music by today's leading composers; commissioned, premiered and released by the London Sinfonietta. Robert Mitchell’s new work will be premiered in November 2020.

Robert Mitchell on his new Sinfonietta Short

'For the Sinfonietta Shorts series - I am honored to be asked to contribute a piece for solo piano. It is based on a brief that has the magic to be considered for a film, a play, a painting or a dance! The piece will be dedicated to a love story that took nearly a quarter century to be fulfilled.'

More about Robert Mitchell

Robert Mitchell is an award-winning pianist, keyboard player, composer, songwriter, poet, and author. Robert is proud to have been a Steinway artist for a decade. Last year he was MD on the successful BBC4 television programme ‘Jazz 625 Live: For One Night Only’ - which won Best Music Program at the Broadcast Awards 2020. He has played with Billy Harper, Greg Osby, Courtney Pine CBE, Alicia Olatuja, Orphy Robinson, Steve Coleman, Phil Ranelin, Omar Puente, Ernesto Simpson, Dayme Arocena, Jason Rebello, Shirley Smart, Basement Jaxx, Dub Colossus, Daniel Casimir, Joshua Redman, Jacqui Dankworth MBE, and many others. He leads the bands Epiphany3, Panacea, and True Think. He had works performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and the Emulsion Sinfonietta, amongst others.

Over his nearly 30 years entrenched in the art of music, Robert Mitchell has recorded ten albums of his own projects, participated in over 100 projects as a sideman and has performed in more than 40 countries. Apart from being a pianist, composer and innovator, he is a festival creator and curator as well as a highly respected educator. Robert has won awards – BBC Jazz Awards (Innovation, as part of the F-ire Collective), Best Jazz Album (BBC DJ Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards) and has been nominated for many more including 2017 British Jazz Composer Award. Robert is proud to be a Steinway Artist and a member of Outward Visions Composers Chamber.

‘This is not at all easy to categorise and is all the more powerful for that. Pulling on jazz traditions from the deep South through to today’s European scene, hip hop and adding in a knowledge of modern classical back to Baroque, Mitchell creates music that doesn’t allow the listener to sit back and relax into familiarity…. Throughout the evening, there was no way of knowing what route he would take, what musical colours he would paint, what soundscapes he would invent’ – Oxford Times

Support this commission

With a gift of just £500, you can help make new music happen and support the creation of this new Sinfonietta Short by Robert Mitchell.