born Turkish-Cypriot Tolga
Kashif is regarded as one of the most diversely talented musicians of his
generation, with success ranging from a critically-acclaimed CD of Richard
Strauss tone poems to the musical direction of the BBC Children in Need's
Platinum-selling single, 'Perfect Day'.
He studied conducting and composition at the Royal
College of Music, then later at Bristol University with Derek Bourgeois. His
professional début was with the London Philharmonic, after which he has been a
frequent guest in this country with the Royal Philharmonic, City of London
Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia and the Wren
Orchestra. He was also Music Director of the London Amadeus Choir and in 1992
was appointed Associate Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, following
a series of successful concerts with the orchestra in previous years, notably at
the Barbican Hall.
Overseas engagements have included conducting the Polish National Symphony and
the St Petersburg Philharmonic and he undertook a successful series of concerts
at the 1989 Istanbul International Festival with the RLPO. In 1991 he was
appointed Permanent Guest Conductor of the Presidential Orchestra of Turkey.
acclaimed work of The
Tolga Kashif has been an established composer and a creative
partner in 'The Music Sculptors', one of the principal music
companies specialising in sound-to-picture, with numerous
commissions from the BBC and all of the major broadcasters.
Combining the roles of Composer, Conductor and Producer, he has
worked with the BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Scottish
Symphony, English Chamber and National Symphony.
Among notable successes with The Music Sculptors are the
composition, arrangement, conducting and production of the
soundtrack for the award-winning animation 'First Snow of
Winter', 'Where the Heart Is' for ITV and documentaries such as
'QED' and the BBC's 'Gulf War'. He has also written and
performed many prominent advertising campaigns. 1997's 'Perfect
Day' single featured artists such as Elton John, David Bowie,
Bono, Lesley Garrett, Sir Andrew Davis, the Brodsky Quartet and
Courtney Pine and led to the receipt of many accolades and media
awards. Tolga Kashif was also co-producer of the number 1
selling début CD of Jane McDonald (from the BBC series, 'The
Last year's highlights included the score of a feature film,
'The Criminal' released in Spring 2001 and available on DVD, and
conducting the English Chamber Orchestra on a CD of guitar
works. He also conducted the world premiere of his composition
'The Garden of the Prophet' with the ECO at the Barbican. This
year he has composed two songs and arranged a third for Lesley
Garrett's new CD on EMI. He has also written and conducted a new
TV advertisement for Zurich Insurance with the Philharmonia
Orchestra. He is currently working on a follow-up to 'First Snow
of Winter' for the BBC; '2nd Star to the Left' will be broadcast
on Christmas Day.