Martin Suckling
Senior Lecturer



Martin Suckling was born in Glasgow in 1981.  He has been commissioned by ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Hebrides Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Shakespeare Company, Scottish Horn Sound, Le Huray Trio, Mr. McFall’s Chamber, and Aronowitz Ensemble.  His music has featured in festivals including Ultraschall, Cheltenham, Chacombe, Deal, ISCM World Music Days 2007 (Hong Kong), and Oxford Lieder.  2011 sees the first performances of several works by Martin, including storm, rose, tiger, written for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; a violin concerto, de sol y grana, for Agata Szymczewska and the London Contemporary Orchestra; and the critically acclaimed Candlebird, a substantial new work for voice and ensemble on texts by Don Paterson which received its premiere with the London Sinfonietta on 29th May in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

After spending his teenage years performing both in the National Youth Orchestra and in ceilidh bands around Scotland Martin studied music at Clare College Cambridge and King’s College London.  He was Paul Mellon Fellow at Yale University from 2003-5 and subsequently undertook doctoral research at the Royal Academy of Music.  His teachers include George Benjamin, Robin Holloway, Paul Patterson, Martin Bresnick, Ezra Laderman, and Simon Bainbridge.  Martin has benefited from residencies at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldeburgh, Aspen, and IRCAM, and has won numerous awards including the 2008 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize. 

University roles

  • Performance Supervisor
Martin Suckling

Contact details

Dr Martin Suckling

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 4750


Full publications list

View Martin Suckling's full publications list on the York Research Database.