Nitin Sawhney is arguably the busiest, most versatile and sought after composer and producer around. Now signed to Universal Publishing, he has made nine studio albums for which he has been nominated for a Mercury Music prize, won a MOBO, two BBC Radio 3 awards and a Southbank Show award, among 15 others. He has scored over 40 films for cinema and television, with an Ivor Novello nomination for best score, leading to his recent much acclaimed orchestral music to the BAFTA-nominated BBC series, The Human Planet; Mira Nair’s film The Namesake; two film scores for live performance by the London Symphony Orchestra and a biopic about Jean Charles De Menezes.
Sawhney has been a regular DJ with London club Fabric, performed around the world with leading orchestras and his band, composed extensively for renowned choreographer Akram Khan – winning the best composition award in New York for his music for zero degrees – and has composed for many theatrical productions including Olivier award-winning work from Complicite’s A Disappearing Number.
His career spans production and composition work with Sting, Cirque du Soleil, Shakira, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck, Taio Cruz, Imogen Heap, Anoushka Shankar and many others. Recently, he has also scored for video games including Sony PlayStation’s number one game Heavenly Sword and its sequel Enslaved, which earned him a second Ivor Novello nomination. As the recipient of four honorary doctorates from separate universities, fellowships from LIPA and Southbank University, and considerable critical acclaim, Nitin also acts as a patron to many educational establishments, has been a judge for The Ivor Novello Awards, BAFTA, BIFA and sits on the board of trustees for London’s Somerset House and Whitechapel Gallery.