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Nitin Sawhney

Doctor of Music

November 2007

 

Nitin Sawhney grew up in Rochester, Kent, and is one of the UK's leading composers for film and TV. To date he has scored over 25 films. An acclaimed flamenco guitarist and classical/jazz pianist, his ability to transcend cultural barriers has gained him much recognition. In 2006 he composed a symphony to accompany Franz Osten's 1929 silent film classic, A Throw of Dice, which premiered at the Barbican, London. He has also worked with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

In 2004, he was commissioned by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Britten Sinfonia to compose several new performance works. He has released seven albums, and has worked with artists such as Sinead O'Connor. He was nominated for the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Film and TV Composition and was winner of the Culture Crossing category at the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music 2006.

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