Professor Martin Iddon


I am a composer and musicologist. My music has been performed and broadcast on radio and TV in North America, Europe and Australasia by musicians including Distractfold, Ensemble Interface, Kairos Quartet, Ensemble SurPlus, Séverine Ballon, Jeffrey Gavett, Nicolas Hodges, Heather Roche, Ashot Sarkissjan and Eva Zöllner.

A portrait CD, pneuma, was released in 2014 and my string trio Danaë won the chamber music category of the 2014 British Composer Awards.

My books, New Music at Darmstadt, John Cage and David Tudor, and John Cage and Peter Yates are published by Cambridge University Press, while John Cage’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra which I co-wrote with Philip Thomas is published by Oxford University Press.

I studied at the Universities of Durham and Cambridge and am Professor of Music and Aesthetics at the University of Leeds.

Current research students

  • Jamie Stephenson (PhD, musicology)
  • Hazel Smoczynska (PhD, musicology)
  • Marc Yeats (PhD, composition, White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentship)
  • Manuel Farolfi (PhD, musicology, WRoCAH AHRC studentship)
  • Sam Ridout (PhD, musicology, Stanley Burton Research Scholarship)
  • Michele Abondano (PhD, composition, Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Cultures (AHC) research studentship)
  • Ansgar Beste (PhD, composition, Leeds Doctoral Scholarship)
  • Hannah Firmin (PhD, composition, WRoCAH AHRC studentship)
  • Gabriel Jones (PhD, musicology, WRoCAH AHRC studentship)
  • Dave Riedstra (PhD, composition, Leeds Doctoral Scholarship)
  • Ed Cooper (PhD, composition, WRoCAH AHRC studentship)
  • Kenrick Ho (PhD, composition)
  • Niki Zohdi (PhD, composition)
  • Paulina WacĹ‚awik (PhD, composition)

Completed research students

  • Roddy Hawkins (PhD, musicology, AHRC studentship)
  • Lauren Redhead (PhD, composition, AHRC studentship)
  • Daniel Wilson (PhD, composition)
  • Sam Belinfante (PhD, fine art, University Research Scholarship)
  • Danielle Hood (PhD, musicology)
  • Alannah Halay (PhD, composition, AHRC studentship)
  • Richard Barrett (PhD, composition, Stanley Burton Research Scholarship)
  • James Clarke (PhD, composition, Leeds Arts & Humanities Research Scholarship)
  • Qais Alghanem (PhD, performance, Kuwaiti Governmental Research Studentship)
  • Alexander de Little (PhD, composition, University Anniversary Research Scholarship)
  • Timo Tuhkanen (PhD, composition)
  • Max Erwin (PhD, musicology, University Anniversary Research Scholarship)

Doctoral examination

  • Dartington College of the Arts, March 2009
  • University of Victoria, Canada, November 2015
  • Bath Spa University, January 2017
  • Nottingham University, January 2017
  • University of Huddersfield, July 2017
  • University of New South Wales, Australia, August 2017
  • Royal Northern College of Music, November 2017
  • New York University, USA, May 2019
  • City, University of London, January 2020


  • Head of School
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  • PhD in Historical Musicology, University of Cambridge
  • MPhil in Musical Composition, University of Cambridge
  • BA (Hons) in Music, University of Durham

Current postgraduate researchers

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