Malcolm Hawkins, British composer born in Portugal, has lived in New Hampshire since 1995. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, and was subsequently awarded a scholarship to study at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, with Cesar Bresgen, where he won an international song competition Das Neue Lied with 4 Songs for Baritone, Saxophone and Piano. These and a solo piano work were broadcast on Austrian Radio, and his wind quintet was performed in Salzburg and Vienna.
He has worked as a string bass player, piano accompanist and teacher at the RAM and other music schools, and studied solfËge and choral conducting at the Kodaly Institute in Hungary. Hawkins’ Diversions for Oboe Quartet (published by Keturi Verlag) was premiered by Simon Dent and the Heutling Quartet in Berlin and is recorded on the Amati label. Broadcasts on BBC Radio Three include the Suite On Stage (Stainer and Bell) for piano duet, Ghost Games for piano, Vanities (BBC Concert Orchestra) Concerto for Oboe and Strings and Four Carols (E.C.Schirmer – BBC Singers with Siobhan Williams, harp and James Morgan). The carol Rosamundi was recorded on the Priory label.
Hawkins’ received commissions come from the Vaughan Williams Trust and various festivals including Lichfield in England and the Round Top Festival in Texas, for which he wrote Variations and Fugue for Piano and Orchestra, premiered and recorded by James Dick. The Hungarian Chamber Symphony premiered his horn concerto Three Maidens with Imre Magyari in Budapest. Further commissions include New Hampshire String Teachers Association and Nashua Symphony and Chorus, which premiered The Cry from All. The text for this work was a collaborative piece by young writers masterminded by New Hampshire poet laureate Marie Harris.