Alastair White (b. 1988) is a Scottish composer and writer currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Composition at Goldsmiths, University of London with Roger Redgate. In 2018 he wrote and composed the opera WEAR, an immersive sci-fi which combined contemporary music with high fashion and abstract theater; it was described by Mark Berry as “spellbinding…an opera of rare imagination – and success” and has since been shortlisted for a Scottish Award for New Music. Having originally studied literature at Edinburgh University, he became interested in art music for its revolutionary potential to change how we understand the world, and perhaps even the perceptual apparatus by which we experience it. Past works include multidisciplinary projects with the opera festivals Tete-a-Tete and Opera in the City, the international poetry festival STanza, The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, The Scottish Poetry Library, and a soundtrack to the feature film Treasure Trapped. He speaks internationally on his research interests regarding the relationship between music and philosophy, and has published poetry in English and Scots.


Quadrants Vol 3

Release Date: July 12, 2019
Catalog Number: NV6239
21st Century
String Quartet
The works of the eight composers on QUADRANTS 3 display both the broad scope of styles and energies that the string quartet can produce, while also highlighting the individual talents of each artist. The resident ensemble for QUADRANTS 3, Altius Quartet, who take their name from the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger), handles each piece with skill and flair.