Mark-Anthony Turnage (born June 10, 1960) is an English composer of classical music. He has also been strongly influenced by jazz, and by Miles Davis in particular.
He is the author of numerous orchestral and chamber works, and of two widely-performed operas. Greek, first performed in 1988, is based on Steven Berkoff's adaptation of Oedipus the King to a modern setting. The Silver Tassie, first performed in 2000, is based on the play by Sean O'Casey. Other works include Three Screaming Popes (after the paintings by Francis Bacon) and Your Rockaby, a concerto for saxophone and orchestra.
In 1990, the post of Radcliffe Composer in Association with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra was created, and Turnage appointed
Recently Turnage has been appointed as the new Composer in Residence for the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2005/2006 season beginning in September.
Furthermore Turnage was also named as a 'Mead composer in Residence' with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra alongside Osvaldo Golijov for a 2 year residency from 2006 till 2008. Turnage and Golijov follow distinguished composer and chair of the 'Mead composer in Residence' committee Augusta Read Thomas.
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