Jane Antonia Cornish

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Jane Antonia Cornish
BornLondon, England
GenresContemporary classical

Jane Antonia Cornish is an English composer. She is based in New York City, and focuses on contemporary classical music.

Early life and education[edit]

Cornish grew up in England, where she studied violin, piano and composition from an early age. She studied composition with Dr. Anthony Gilbert at the Royal Northern College of Music, and completed her master's degree at the Royal College of Music. She is a recipient of the Edward Hecht Composition Prize, the RNCM Composition Prize and the Associated Board Prize for the Most Outstanding Scholar of the Year. Cornish was also made a Major Scholar of the RNCM.[1]


Solo albums[edit]


Delos released Cornish's first chamber music album, Duende, in April 2014. The album was met with positive critical acclaim. Fanfare described it as "extraordinarily deep music".[2](subscription required) Barry Kilpatrick at American Record Guide said it "...grabbed my attention immediately and never let go."[citation needed] Artists featured on the album include Miranda Cuckson, Blair McMillen and The Lee Trio.[3]


Innova Recordings released an album, Continuum on 31 July 2015. Continuum was performed by Decoda, Carnegie Hall's Affiliate Ensemble.[4][5] WQXR wrote: "Continuum is a font of wistfulness and melancholic beauty".[5] and named it Q2 Music Album of the Week [6] Continuum was also featured on WNYC-FM New Sounds.[7]

Into Silence[edit]

Innova Recordings released the album, Into Silence on 25 August 2017. It was featured on WNYC-FM New Sounds. John Schaefer commented that the work had "unappeased yearning" with a "tender earthbound comfort".[8] New York City Ballet principal Ask la Cour choreographed a pas de deux to the title track which was filmed and released with the album. Dance Spirit Magazine featured the film and described it as "impossibly gorgeous shapes form and dissolve in the haunting black-and-white setting of the Martha Graham Studios in NYC".[9] The pas de deux was performed as part of the Stars of American Ballet tour in 2017 by Ask la Cour and Teresa Reichlen.[10]


Constellations was released on July 27, 2018. Lux from the album was featured on WNYC-FM New Sounds and described as "a long-form spacious sound structure created from acoustic instruments like piano and strings, but stretched with electronics into a entire musical cosmos."[11] Tom Schnabel at KCRW called Constellations "patient, virtuosic and mesmerizing" and included it in his August Music mix.[12]

Film scores[edit]

Cornish has also written music for films, including Fireflies in the Garden and Five Children and It, and was named one of the UK Film Council's Breakthrough Brits in Hollywood in 2005.[13] She has been nominated for Breakthrough Composer of the Year by the International Film Music Critics Association and was nominated for a Robert Award for Best Score for her soundtrack to Island of Lost Souls. Cornish has also orchestrated films, including Kung Fu Panda and Maleficent. She was the composer for the 2017 documentary film, Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood.[14]


In 2005 Cornish was awarded a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for Television Craft: Anthony Asquith Award for New British Composer, for her work on Five Children and It.[15] She was the first female in history to win a BAFTA for music.[16] In 2008 ASCAP's Rudolf Nissim Prize jury honoured Cornish with a Special Distinction for her orchestral tone poem, Symphony.[17]


  1. ^ "The Royal Northern College of Music". RNCM. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Fanfare site has moved". Fanfare. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Duende". Delos Music. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Neighborhood Concert: Decoda Cello Quartet".
  5. ^ a b Armbrust, Doyle (14 September 2015). "Jane Antonia Cornish's 'Continuum' Unfolds With Wistful, Melancholic Beauty". WQXR.org.
  6. ^ "WQXR – New York's Classical Music Radio Station".
  7. ^ "#3769: New Releases August 2015". WNYC.org "New Sounds".
  8. ^ "#4007: July 2017 New Releases". WNYC.org "New Sounds".
  9. ^ "We Are So Into "Into Silence"". Dance Spirit. 2017-08-18. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  10. ^ https://performancesantafe.org/press-releases/stars-american-ballet-2/
  11. ^ "#4131: Electronic Music for Spatial Contemplation | New Sounds | New Sounds". newsounds. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  12. ^ http://blogs.kcrw.com/music/2018/08/august-music-mix/
  13. ^ Dale Wilcox. "Jane Antonia Cornish and Brenda Blethyn OBE during UK Film Council..." Getty Images. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  14. ^ McCarthy, Todd (September 9, 2017). "Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  15. ^ "Television Craft–Anthony Asquith Award For New British Composer in 2005". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Eye For Film: Jane Cornish, first female winner of BAFTA award for music". www.eyeforfilm.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-08-11.

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