Jane Antonia Cornish

Jane Antonia Cornish is a British Academy Award winning composer who grew up in England and lives in New York City. 

Cornish has written music for both the concert hall and film. 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.”

Classical-Modern Music Review wrote that Continuum creates "...memorably poignant sound structures...with a haunting spatiality, and a primal yet complex sense of sound.” 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 composed the music for the drama Fireflies in the Garden, starring Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds and Willem Dafoe. She has won a British Academy Award 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 orchestrated the music for many Hollywood films, including Once Upon a Dream for Maleficient, and the title song for Tim Burton's Big Eyes. 

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.