Malcolm Dedman

photo: Jackie Colbert

Malcolm Dedman was born in London, England, on November 3, 1948. Fascinated at an early age by his mother’s piano playing, she taught him to play when he was around 5 years of age. Once Dedman had a basic understanding, he found himself improvising alongside his regular practice. By the age of 12, he realized that he wanted to write some of these ideas down, so this became the starting point to his career as a composer. 

During his teens, he listened to a lot of new music and basically taught himself to write, learning from what he heard. For him, writing music was not a choice, it was something he had to do. With minimal input from other musicians, he won two prizes: a setting of the Magnificat (in English) for the Free Church Choir Union and a Sonatina for the Brent Music and Dance Festival, a work which was later to form the first movement of his Piano Sonata No. 1 – Restoration. 

In his 20s, Dedman studied composition informally with Patric Standford, who was teaching at the time in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. This helped to establish a more personal style and to become more practical in his approach to composition. 

In 2005 he gained a Masters Degree with distinction at Thames Valley University (now University of West London) in Composing Concert Music. He has received performances in England, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Slovakia, United States, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, and South Africa. Many of these performances have been received well by audiences and critics, including two excellent reviews by Anthony Payne. 

He has recently worked with Professor Nancy Lee Harper who has recorded his first piano album on Toccata Classics. The second volume is due out this year.


Lock & Key Vol. III

Release Date: October 27, 2023
Catalog Number: NV6561
21st Century
String Quartet
The critically acclaimed LOCK & KEY series once again opens its doors in this third installment, featuring an all-new roster of contemporary composers with an emphasis on new music and its connection to our ever-evolving ethos. Clever arrangements and unique compositional personalities are met with impeccable performances in this release, touching on wide-ranging themes from turmoil to introspection, meditation, and ultimately, unity in the human experience. In an exhilarating burst of energy, LOCK & KEY VOL. III resonates with raw authenticity, a testament to the depth and complexity of our shared humanity.