Photograph by Tom Haniff

Robert Laidlow is a composer and performer based in London and Manchester. His music has been performed and broadcast worldwide and has received awards including the Royal Philharmonic Society Composers Prize 2019 and nomination for the 2018 British Composer Awards.

Robert's work often incorporates his background as a jazz saxophonist and his interest in scientific collaboration. Robert is the PRiSM Researcher in AI-Assisted Composition in association with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, who have performed a number of his works.

Recently he has been commissioned by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Barbican Centre, guitarist Fabio Zanon, the International Festival of Campos do Jordao, and Access Contemporary Music Chicago among others. His works have been broadcast several times on BBC Radio 3 and his music was also recently televised on BBC Four as part of the Royal Institution's popular Christmas Lectures annual series.

Robert's music has previously been performed by a wide range of groups including Ensemble Modern, the Britten Sinfonia, Psappha, the Elias Quartet, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and members of the Milwaukee Symphony & Ballet in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Bridgewater Hall, Southwark Cathedral, the Barbican Centre, and Sala Sao Paulo.

After graduating from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, with First Class Honours, he studied composition with David Sawer at the Royal Academy of Music in receipt of the Dr. Mosco Carner Scholarship 2016-2018, where he also received regular lessons from Oliver Knussen. In 2018 he began a PhD at the Royal Northern College of Music, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


He believes strongly in accessibility of new music and has worked with several non-professional ensembles including Contemporary Music for All London & Sussex ensembles.