My profile of Jonathan Cole is in this month’s INTO:
As recently as 2005, Jonathan Cole was in a position any young composer would envy. His pieces were regularly performed by leading groups like the London Sinfonietta and Asko Ensemble, he had a major commission from George Benjamin and the London Symphony Orchestra (Penumbra, 2003) under his belt, and he had just taken up a teaching position at the Royal College of Music. His future as one of the leading lights of the British new musical establishment looked secure.
But in truth, Cole was uneasy. He was finding composition an increasingly difficult task.
Cole’s recent story – from rising star of the mainstream to committed avant-gardist – is one of the most intriguing in recent British composition. Continue reading the article by clicking here and flicking through to page 22.
You can also hear some of Cole’s recent music – the ‘wordless opera’ buburbabbar za and the quite wonderful Ash Relics – via his newly-revamped website.