Born: 1959, Kilwinning, Scotland
"I think it's right to face up to the issue of suffering, and artists, writers, and musicians are uniquely placed to do this."
James MacMillan is the preeminent Scottish composer of his generation. His music combines rhythmic excitement, emotional power, and spiritual meditation. He came to international attention with the BBC Proms premiere of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie for orchestra, and his percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, for Evelyn Glennie, has received over 300 performances. MacMillan's recent works include A Deep but Dazzling Darkness for solo violin and large ensemble and his Symphony No. 3, Silence, premiered in Tokyo in April 2003.
Further listening: The Confession of Isobel Gowdie (1990)
BBC Scottish S.O., Vänskä (BIS) Veni, Veni, Emmanuel (1992)
Currie, Ulster Orchestra, Yuasa (Naxos)