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Trinity Laban alumnus selected for prestigious LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme 2018

Tue 20 February 2018

Cassie Kinoshi is one of the six emerging young composers who will benefit from tailored support offered by the London Symphony Orchestra’s annual development scheme.

Kinoshi is a composer and alto saxophonist known for her work with jazz septet Nerija, Afrobeat band Kokoroko, and her own ten-piece ensemble SEED, with whom she has recorded her debut album due for release this summer. She has also written for short film, and recent ventures include working as the sole composer for the Old Vic Theatre’s professional development programme 2016/17. 

Kinoshi will join five other composers from a range of musical approaches and backgrounds for the eleventh year LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme. Led by composer Colin Matthews, the scheme offers participants the opportunity to develop orchestral writing skills, cultivate collaborative relationships with LSO players, and the chance to compose for a world-class symphony orchestra. The programme culminates in a public workshop rehearsal of newly composed pieces performed and discussed by the LSO and its principal guest conductor François-Xavier Roth. Previous alumni of the scheme have enjoyed highly successful careers.

Kinoshi comments –

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with the LSO as part of their supportive and innovative 2018-19 Panufnik Scheme. This is a fantastic chance to learn from an exceptional group of composers and interact directly with world-class classical instrumentalists. Studying at Trinity Laban provided me with a foundation in orchestration and some of my first opportunities to write for large ensemble – part of the reason why I particularly enjoy creating larger scale compositions.” 

Kinoshi completed her BMus (hons) in composition at Trinity Laban in 2015, studying with Head of Composition Dominic Murcott.

To find out more about the LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme visit the LSO website.

To find out more about studying music at Trinity Laban visit our music pages.


Image: Cassie Kinoshi (Credit: Adama Jalloh)