Martin Suckling is a composer and violinist. His music has been championed by many leading orchestras and ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the London Contemporary Orchestra.
From 2013-18 Suckling was the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Associate Composer, a partnership which resulted in Six Speechless Songs (premiered by Robin Ticciati and later revived by Oliver Knussen), a concerto for pianist Tom Poster, and Meditation (after Donne) for chamber orchestra and electronics. Other orchestral works include Release, premiered at the 2013 Tectonics festival by Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and The White Road, a flute concerto for Katherine Bryan and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra premiered in 2017. His song cycle The Tuning to texts by Michael Donaghy recently won a Scottish Award for New Music. A portrait disc of orchestral music on the NMC label will be released in 2021 featuring studio recordings of his concertos for flute and piano, with Katherine Bryan and Tamara Stefanovich as soloists. Martin is published by Faber Music, and has recently been promoted to Professor of Music at the University of York.