Philip Cashian

Philip Cashian (born 1963) is an English composer. He is the head of composition of the Royal Academy of Music.[1]


Born in Manchester in 1963, Cashian studied at Cardiff University, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and in 1997 received a DMus from Durham University. His teachers have included Professor Simon Bainbridge, Lukas Foss and Oliver Knussen.[2]

He has won various awards, including the Britten Prize and the PRS Prize. Commissions have included a Chamber Concerto (1995), Night Journeys for timpani and percussion (1998) commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, Io by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Black Venus for solo guitar (1999), Silent Steps (1995) commissioned by the Haffner Wind Quintet, A Sea of Tales for the ensemble Endymion, Tableaux for orchestra (2003) commissioned by the Northern Sinfonia, Piano Concerto (2006) for the London Sinfonietta, and Apollo for ensemble (2005).[3]

He has served as a professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London and since 2007 as its head of composition. He is also a visiting professor at the Bath Spa University College, Birmingham Conservatoire and Goldsmiths College.


  1. ^ "Philip Cashian biography". Archived from the original on 13 November 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Composer Philip Cashian – Biography – BMIC". British Music Information Centre. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Composer: Philip Cashian". Retrieved 17 August 2009.