“The music of Jane Antonia Cornish is a fabric woven by almost invisible – in her case – virtually inaudible notes and phrases, and when any sound is brought forth from the musicians mesmerised into playing her music, the sound is transcendent. Notes seem to dally in the air pregnant with silence. Phrases are strung together like necklaces of pearls magnificent in their crystalline polyphonic clarity.” World Music Report.
Jane Antonia Cornish is an award-winning composer who grew up in England and lives in New York City.
Her music explores time, silence, light, reflection and transcendence. Her solo albums have been met with wide acclaim, and have been called “a font of wistfulness and melancholic beauty” by WQXR, “beautiful” by BBC Radio 3, “transcendent” by World Music Report, and "a virtual blessing in a world gone mad” by ICON Magazine.
Her most recent album, Constellations, released July 2018 was featured on KCRW's Rhythm Planet - Tom Schnabel called the music "patient, virtuosic, and mesmerizing". It was described by WQXR-FM New Sounds as "a long-form spacious sound structure created from acoustic instruments like piano and strings, but stretched with electronics into a entire musical cosmos."
She collaborated with New York City Ballet principal Ask la Cour on the title track from the album Into Silence. The pas de deux was performed as part of the Stars of American Ballet tour and a film of the ballet was released with the album.
Continuum, her second studio album, was performed by Decoda, the first ever Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. Continuum was named WQXR Q2 Music's Album of the Week. The release followed Cornish’s album Duende, described by the American Record Guide as “a program of bold, thoughtful, mesmerizing chamber music.”
In the world of film scoring, Jane Antonia was the first female in history to win a British Academy Award (BAFTA) for music and the UK Film Council honored her with a Breakthrough Brit in Hollywood award. Film credits include Fireflies in the Garden, starring Julia Roberts, Willem Dafoe and Ryan Reynolds.
Jane Antonia Cornish studied composition at The Royal Northern College of Music with Anthony Gilbert, where she was made a Major Scholar. She went on to complete her postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Music, London.