Composers' Academy

The Philharmonia Composers' Academy, presented in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society and allied to the Orchestra’s prestigious Music of Today contemporary music series, annually offers the opportunity for three talented emerging composers to write an original chamber work for a Philharmonia Ensemble.

Music of Today Artistic Director - Unsuk Chin © Eric Richmond

Music of Today Artistic Director Unsuk Chin

The 2019/20 composers, selected by an extremely competitive adjudication process, are Hollie Harding, Jocelyn Campbell and Joel Järventausta. Their 10-minute new works will be premiered by an ensemble of Philharmonia musicians at a Music of Today concert at the Royal Festival Hall on Thursday 21 May 2020, 6pm prior to a full Philharmonia Orchestra concert.

In addition to this high-profile performance, the Academy guides the composers through the writing process with tutorials from Music of Today Artistic Director Unsuk Chin, as well as access to specially curated seminars, masterclasses, instrument exploration sessions and a ‘works in progress’ workshop.


If you would like to support the Composer's Academy, please contact the Philharmonia’s Development team on 020 7921 3903 or

The Philharmonia's Composers' Academy is generously supported by:

Royal Philharmonic Society logoErnst von Siemens Music Foundation

Composers' Academy partner in Leicester: