Roderick Watkins (born 1964) is a composer and the Vice Chancellor (and former first Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation)) at Anglia Ruskin University, England. He was appointed in 2015 after serving briefly as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences at Anglia Ruskin. He was previously Professor of Composition and Contemporary Music at Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, England from 2005 to July 2014, where he was Programme Director for undergraduate Music and taught composition and contemporary music.

Watkins was educated at Gresham's School and then took a degree in Philosophy and Composition at Oberlin in the US before studying at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won all of the Academy's main prizes for composition, completed his doctorate and became a Leverhulme Fellow. His teachers included Hans Werner Henze, Richard Hoffmann, and Paul Patterson. He also spent a year at IRCAM in Paris and later returned to IRCAM as a “compositeur en recherche” (research composer).

Compositions

Watkins' compositions include a full-length opera, The Juniper Tree, premiered at the Munich Biennale in April 1997, and given its UK premiere at the Almeida festival in July of that year by the London Sinfonietta conducted by Markus Stenz. In 2003 he produced the electronic material for Henze's opera L’Upupa.

Orchestral compositions include Red Light, Who Walked Between, Still, and Light's Horizon.

Electro-acoustic compositions include The Looking Glass and Sound in Space.

Chamber music includes A Valediction: of Weeping, Last Light (for clarinet and piano), and At the Horizon (for flute and piano), a Clarinet Quintet and Breath. A piece for harpsichord and electronics, entitled After Scarlatti, was premiered on 29 April 2009 at the Sounds New Festival in Canterbury.

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