Composers' Academy

The Philharmonia Composers' Academy, presented in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society and allied to the Orchestra’s prestigious Music of Today contemporary music series, annually offers the opportunity for three talented emerging composers to write an original chamber work for a Philharmonia Ensemble.

Music of Today Artistic Director - Unsuk Chin © Eric Richmond

Music of Today Artistic Director Unsuk Chin

The 2017/18 composers, selected by an extremely competitive adjudication process, are Freya Waley-Cohen, Eugene Birman and Austin Leung. Their 10-minute new works will be premiered by an ensemble of Philharmonia musicians at a Music of Today concert at the Royal Festival Hall on Thursday 7 June 2018 at 6pm, prior to a full Philharmonia Orchestra concert.

In addition to this high-profile performance, the Academy guides the composers through the writing process by Music of Today Artistic Director Unsuk Chin, as well as benefitting from specially curated seminars, masterclasses, instrument exploration sessions and a ‘works in progress’ workshop.


Composers Academy Fellows


Eugene Birman


Freya Waley-Cohen


Austin Leung




If you would like to support the Composer's Academy, please contact the Philharmonia’s Development team on 020 7921 3903 or [email protected].

The Philharmonia's Composers' Academy is generously supported by:

Royal Philharmonic Society logoPRS for Music Foundation logoErnst von Siemens Music Foundation

We are also grateful to the following for their support:

Boltini Trust

The Leche Trust

RVW Trust

Composers' Academy partner in Leicester: