Andrew Lovett was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1962, and grew up in London, England. He studied at Cambridge University, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and City University, London.
He worked as a freelance composer, based in Cambridge, UK, specialising in chamber-music, electroacoustic music, opera, music-theatre and music for theatre. In recent years, he forged an especially strong collaboration with the Electric Voice Theatre, writing a series of major works for them, several of which were premiered at the Junction Theatre, Cambridge. His work has been performed in Germany, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Japan, Canada, Cuba, the USA and throughout the UK. In 2007, he spent three months at the Banff Centre, Canada, on an Arts Council Fellowship, composing a new opera, Don’t Breathe A Word with a libretto by Fraser Grace. This piece has subsequently been chosen by the ROH2 Opera Development Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.
Andrew Lovett moved from the UK to live in the USA in August 2009 (joining the department of music at Princeton University as a Professional Specialist).
Voyage (1997) for ensemble and electroacoustic music was performed by The London Sinfonietta at the South Bank Centre, London in April 1999, conducted by Martyn Brabbins. Unknown Terrors (2000) for cello, keyboard and electronics was premiered by Judith Mitchell and Clive Williamson and broadcast on Radio 3. The Colour of Sadness (2003) for soprano saxophone and electronics, was premiered by Damien Royannais and recorded by for AMPublishing. Abraham On Trial (2005), an opera for five singers, electroacoustic music and digital video, was performed at the Junction Theatre, Cambridge by The Electric Voice Theatre, directed by Patrick Morris. Lonely Sits the City (2009), for solo voice and surround-sound electronics, was premiered at the Junction, Cambridge by The Electric Voice Theatre. He also recently scored a feature-film, Wreckers, directed by Dictynna Hood, which was premiered at the London FIlm Festival in October 2011.
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Andrew Lovett is a composer with a special interest in opera and music-theatre, especially combined with electroacoustic technology. He has forged a strong relationship with the London-based ensemble Electric Voice Theatre with three recent major works composed for them.
Don’t Breathe A Word, a new opera project with writer Fraser Grace, is currently undergoing development work at the ROH2 Opera Development Programme at the Royal Opera House. He also recently scored a feature-film, Wreckers, directed by Dictynna Hood, released in 2011.
1997 PhD in Electroacoustic composition at The City University, London
1986 Post-graduate Certificate in Composition, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
1985 BA (Hons) Music, Magdalene College, Cambridge
1973 - 1982 Attended Trinity College of Music Junior Department
1989 International Dance Course for Professional Composers and Choreographers
1987, 1988 Dartington International Summer School (Ivan Tcherepnin, Stephen Montague)
1984, 1985 Bayreuth International Summer School, Germany (Zbigniev Rudzinski)
1982, 83, 84 Dartington International Summer School (Peter Maxwell Davies and Robert Saxton)
2006 Arts Council Fellowship to participate in Music Centre Winter Residency Programme, Banff, Canada
2005 Arts Council Grant for the Arts Award to compose Act 1 of DON’T BREATHE A WORD
2004 Arts Council Grant for the Arts Award to compose ABRAHAM ON TRIAL
2004 Bursary from PVALab to study new software for audio and video
2003 EAJC Grant to support the composition Abraham On Trial
2001 John Ireland Award, The Worshipful Company of Musicians
2000 Sonic Arts Network Commission to compose UNKNOWN TERRORS
1994 Michael Vyner Trust, commission for VOYAGE
1993 Wingate Scholarship for development of opera project
1993 Royal Over-Seas League PRS Award for WILDFIRE
1992 Stephen Arlen Award (English National Opera)
1992 Résidence from Bourges International Festival for THE LYRE OF THE WEST WIND
1988 Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust Composers’ Award for STRING QUARTET
1988 Lewis Silkin National Composers’ Competition for IN CIRCLES
1988 Arts Council Electroacoustic Bursary for THE BRONZE HORSEMAN
1987 Tippett Award (Dartington Summer School) for ABOVE A DARKENED LANDSCAPE