Philip Cashian was born in Manchester in 1963. His music has been commissioned, performed and broadcast worldwide - recent performances have included the Ojai Festival (California), Musikmonat (Basle), the St.Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Esprit Orchestra (Toronto), Aspen Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Spitalfields Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and the BBC Proms as well as performances in Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Holland, Romania, Greece, Denmark, Sweden, New Zealand and China.
For their 1998 Shell UK tour the London Symphony Orchestra commissioned Night Journeys, a double concerto for timpani and percussion. Other recent commissions have included Spitbite (Britten Sinfonia), The House of Night (OSJ), Io (BBC National Orchestra of Wales), Three Pieces and Skein (Birmingham Contemporary Music Group) and Tableaux which the Northern Sinfonia commissioned for the 2003 BBC Proms and a European tour. In 2006 Sarah Nicolls gave the first performance of his Piano Concerto with the London Sinfonietta under Zsolt Nagy. In 2008 Cashian was again commissioned by the London Sinfonietta to write a work, The Opening of the House, for their inaugural concert at Kings Place, London. 2008 also saw the premiere of his first opera, The Cumnor Affair for Tete a Tete Opera Company at the Riverside Studios, London. Work since 2008 includes Aquila for CHROMA, All things wear silence for the John Armitage Memorial Trust, The Songs Few Hear for Claire Booth, and Samain for the Benyounes Quartet.
Future projects include a concerto for cello and strings and a wind dectet.
In 2004/05 he was the composer in residence at the Centre for Young Musicians and has written numerous pieces for children and amateur musicians.
Recordings of his music are available on the NMC, Usk, Riverrun and BGS labels.
In June 2007 Philip Cashian became Head of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.