Meet Jonathan Dove
Born to two architects in the city of London on July 18, 1959, Jonathan Dove is a modern English composer of opera, as well as choral works, plays, films, and orchestral music. While his first experiences in music came from piano, organ, and viola performance, Dove’s official musical education in composition was pursued at the University of Cambridge under the tutelage of Robin Holloway. Following his time at the university, Dove worked as a freelance arranger of music and accompanist. These first professional experiences graced Dove with a great understanding of the vocal instrument and acoustic properties of the traditional opera house. These lessons have stayed with Dove to this very day, driving him into success with his breakthrough opera Flight, commissioned by the Glyndebourne Opera in 1998. Jonathan Dove has gone on to write more than twenty operatic works, as well as numerous choral pieces, songs, and instrumental music, including a number of orchestral works. With his work, Dove has committed himself to the task of community development. A number of innovative musical projects intentionally draw on youth and community choirs to supplement professional voices.