President's Award


I am very happy to announce that I have been awarded the Royal College of Music's President's Award. The award was established in 2013 by HRH The Prince of Wales for a student who has made an exceptional contribution to promoting the work of the Royal College of Music in the wider community. I was presented with the prize by HRH The Prince of Wales during the annual awards ceremony on 12 March 2015 for which I also 
wrote the recessional fanfare. Honorands included Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Vladimir Ashkenazy. It's a great honour to be receiving this award.

For more Information please click HERE.


HRH The Prince of Wales with RCM prize winners 
Agata Daraskaite, Amy Green, Rodrigo Moro Martin & myself


HRH The Prince of Wales, Chairman, Director, Prize Winners & Honorands
Photos taken from Twitter & www,

The Riot Ensemble has released a new CD featuring my work for oboe solo 'Wucherung' performed by Rebecca Cass on Coviello Classics. The CD also includes works by Arlene Sierra, Josef Manuel Serrano, Chris Roe, Drew Schnurr and Jenna Lyle.

For further information please click HERE or to buy a copy click HERE.
I am pleased to have received a commission from the Tanglewood Music Center for the opening of its 75th anniversary season in 2015. The new work will be scored for the full TMC brass section and performed on 27 June 2015 at Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall.

Furthermore, I have been appointed Composer-in-Residence for 2015 with the The Hague-based contemporary music collective Oerknal!. I am looking forward to working with this fantastic group of performers over the coming months!
Ivan Hewett reviewed my new work Umschreibung - performed by the LPO and Clement Power on 9 June 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall - in the Telegraph:

' (...) Gieshoff understands something many of his seniors don’t, which is that the life-giving mystery of art can’t be seized by a full-frontal assault. You sneak up on it from behind – as this piece did. It offered gestures and sounds which seemed vivid and graspable, but placed in such a way that they seemed to vibrate, filling the air with a sense of unspoken significance.'

Click HERE to read the full review of the concert.
I feel extremely honoured to be named as the 2014 Mendelssohn Scholar. Awarded biennially by the Mendelssohn Scholarship Foundation, this scholarship has been held by composers such as Brian Ferneyhough and Mark-Anthony Turnage. The award is intended for the furtherance of my musical studies in Britain and abroad. 
I am delighted to announce that I have been awarded the 2014 Theodore Holland Intercollegiate Composition Prize. The prize is awarded biannually amongst the Royal Schools of Music. The award is intended to help a composition student to embark on their professional career. 
I have been selected as the 2014 Apprentice Composer-in-Residence for the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group through Sound and Music's Embedded scheme.

I am writing about my appointment on the BCMG Blog.

Furthermore, I have received a fellowship for the 2014 session of the Tanglewood Contemporary Music Center.
I have been accepted onto the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Leverhulme Young Composers’ Programme. I will be writing a chamber orchestra piece for the LPO's Debut Sounds concert on 9 June 2014 conducted by Clement Power and will be mentored by Julian Anderson.

The concert will also feature works by Patrick Brennan, Eugene Birman and Edmund Hunt.
Plays to See and Alex Sierz reviewed my chamber opera The Viagron.

'...Gieshoff’s score is superlative; a taut orchestral construction of pitches and yaws swirls around voices beautifully singing about the decay of man. It is haunting, evocative, and well constructed, managing to fit a vast swathe of material into an hour without ever failing to convey change and movement between sections.' - Ben Millson on (****)

'...Viagron is a viscerally intense and thought-provoking pleasure. Gieshoff’s score scratches, pants and swirls its way through the emotions of the text — great stuff.' - Alex Sierz on

Click to read the full review on and
My orchestral piece Stanza as well as an interview with me will be featured as part of BR - KLASSIK's new music programme Horizonte on 2 September, 22.05.

The programme will also include music and interviews by Mayako Kubo, Andile Khumalo and Stefan Pohlit. Presented by Kristin Amme the show features German composers living abroad.