Andrew C. Lovett Research Specialist (Composition)

“I like to make (musical) drama out of a crisis.”

Andrew Lovett’s work is mostly focused on opera (“music-theater”) often combined with electronics. In addition, he composes chamber music and electroacoustic “soundscape” or acousmatic work, often using multi-speaker systems and often related to or inspired by the sound of language and speech.

He has also scored a number of films, mostly experimental but including recently, the feature film “Wreckers” which was directed by Dictynna Hood and released in 2012.

Lovett has taught at Princeton since 2009, and before that at Cambridge University, Anglia Ruskin University and Trinity College of Music, London. In 2012 to 2013 he was a visiting Scholar at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University.

Lovett’s particular area of interest is very-small scale opera and music theater. This ranges from pieces for solo voice through pieces for single voice with electronics to full-scale operas with chamber ensemble. Many pieces were developed as collaborations with an ensemble in London called The Electric Voice Theatre (directed by Frances M Lynch). These include Abraham On Trial (2005); Lonely Sits the City (2009); and Don’t Breathe A Word (2015). Most recently, he completed a one-act chamber opera, The Analysing Engine (2016) which will be premiered in 2017.

B.A. Cambridge University (1985); Phd City University, London (1997).

MacDowell Fellowships, 2014 and 2016; Arts Council (UK) Fellowship (to attend Winter Residency Program, Banff Centre, Canada (2007); Michael Vyner Award (1994); Wingate Award (1993) Royal OverSeas League PRS Award (1993); Stephen Arlen Award (1992); Residence Award, Bourges, (1992); Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust Composers Award (1988); Lewis Silkin Composers Competition (1988); Arts Council Electroacoustic Bursary (1988); Tippett Award (1987).


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