Photo of John Maccabe - 46 KBJohn McCabe's dual career as composer and pianist has established him as one of the leading British musicians of his generation. His integral recording on London of the complete Piano Sonatas of Haydn (12CDs) was greeted by Gramophone Magazine as "one of the great recorded monuments of the keyboard repertoire", likening it to Schnabel's Beethoven Sonatas. During his career he has given around 1200 performances of British works, while his 50-plus solo piano recordings range from Clementi and Mozart to Webern, Copland and Carter and include Hindemith's Ludas Tonalis (Hyperion), music by Robert Saxton (NMC), and Rawsthorne's Piano Quintet (Naxos). Among other composers whose music he has premiered are Rawsthorne, Richard Rodney Bennett, Hoddinott, John Casken and Edward Gregson, and he has given the country premieres of Messiaen's Sept Hai-kai (Australia), Delius's Piano Concerto (Denmark), and John Corigliano's Piano Concerto (England). 

His large output of compositions, which have been performed all over the world, cover most of the genre. Among his most successful works are the ballet Edward 11, created and choreographed by David Bintley (Stuttgart Ballet 1995, Birmingham Royal Ballet 1997), numerous orchestral works including Concerto for Orchestra (Solti/London Philharmonic Orchestra 1983) and four symphonies, and an extensive range of keyboard, chamber and vocal music. He has also written scores for a wide range of TV drama productions. Recent works have included the Flute Concerto for James Galway and the London Symphony Orchestra, Tenebrae for piano (Barry Douglas), and the chamber works for the Verdehr Trio (Fauvel's Rondeaux) and the Raphael Ensemble (Pilgrim for string sextet). The success of the Birmingham Premiere and country-wide tour of Edward 11 was such that in May 1998 Birmingham Royal Ballet staged an extra week of performances by public demand, and brought it to Sadlers Wells Theatre, London, for a highly successful season. The same company commissioned John McCabe and David Bintley to create two full-evening ballets on Arthurian themes - the first, subtitled Arthur Pendragon, was premiered in Birmingham in January 2000, and the second, Le Morte d'Arthur, is scheduled for performance in 2001. 

John McCabe has also written several musical monographs on Rachmaninov, Bartok's Orchestral Music, and the Haydn Piano Sonatas. His book Alan Rawsthorne: Portrait of a Composer was published by Oxford University Press in 1999. From 1983-1990 he was director of the London College of Music, and is currently a Visiting Professor of Composition at both the Royal Academy of Music and the London College of Music. He has also held Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Cincinatti and Melbourne. He has served as Chairman of the Association of Professional Composers, President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, on the General Council of the Performing Rights Society and on a committee of the Musician's Union. He was appointed C.B.E. by HM The Queen in 1983 for his services to British Music. 

The music of John McCabe is published by Novello & Co. Ltd. 

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