Jane Antonia Cornish

Jane Antonia Cornish is an award-winning composer who grew up in England and lives in New York City. She was the first female in history to win a British Academy Award for music.

Cornish has written music for both the concert hall and film. Her third solo album, Into Silence will be released by Innova Recordings on August 25, 2017. She collaborated with New York City Ballet principal Ask la Cour on the title track for the album, Into Silence. A film of the pas de deux, choreographed and performed by Ask la Cour and also performed by American National Ballet Principal Sara Michelle Murawski, will be released with the album. The ballet will also tour with Stars of American Ballet in August 2017.

Continuum, her second studio album, released in 2015 by Innova Recordings was performed by Decoda, the first ever Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. These four world premiere recordings of chamber works explore terrain as disparate as the cyclic nature of the ocean’s tides, our relationship to space and memory, and deep connections to place. Continuum has been met with positive critical acclaim. It was named WQXR Q2 Music's Album of the Week. Doyle Armbrust of Q2 Music wrote: "Continuum is a font of wistfulness and melancholic beauty...the success of Cornish's creations lies in the organic, almost improvisatory-sounding air of these fluctuating harmonies and iridescent arpeggiations.” The release follows Cornish’s album Duende, released by Delos and described by the American Record Guide as “a program of bold, thoughtful, mesmerizing chamber music.”

In the world of film scoring, Cornish most recently composed the score to the acclaimed documentary, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, directed by Matt Tyrnauer and the drama Fireflies in the Garden, starring Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds and Willem Dafoe. She has won a British Academy Award (BAFTA) and in 2005, the UK Film Council honored her with a Breakthrough Brit in Hollywood award. Cornish received a Danish Academy Award nomination and a Movie Music UK award for her score to Zentropa’s Island of Lost Souls, which was recorded by the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The International Film Music Critics Association nominated Cornish for Breakthrough Composer of the Year. 

She has received a Special Distinction from the ASCAP Foundation's Rudolf Nissim Prize jury for her orchestral tone poem, Symphony, and was Composer-In-Residence for the inaugural Chelsea Music Festival, where Duende received its world premiere.

Jane Antonia Cornish studied composition at The Royal Northern College of Music with Anthony Gilbert, where she was made a Major Scholar. She received the Royal Northern College of Music Composition Prize and was a recipient of the Associated Board's Most Outstanding Scholar of the Year award. She went on to complete her postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Music, London.