With LSO Futures around the corner on 9 – 13 March, we continue our retrospective on the participants of the LSO Panufnik Composer's Scheme.
In 2013, Matthew was Composer-in-Association with the Workers Union, composing a work with electronics entitled Organum, and his composition Chants was given its world premiere at the Southbank Centre, commissioned as part of Writing the Future. In August 2015 he was awarded Roche Young commission for Lucerne Festival, selected by Wolfgang Rihm and the staff of Lucerne Festival Academy.
Watch: Matthew talks about his composition, The Calligrapher's Manuscript, which is featured on LSO Live's new release The Panufnik Legacies II.
In 2010-2012 Michael was a fellow of the Deutsche Bank Foundation’s Academy Opera Today. Recent compositions have included Five Movements, premiered by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of André de Ridder, and Epode, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society and written for the Solstice String Quartet. He is currently working on two Operas: Orlando, based on Viginia Woolf‘s novel, and Musik, after Frank Wedekind‘s play of the same title.
2013 recipient of the John Collard Clementi Fellowship. Joanna works as music assistant to Paul Englishby, which has included the music for the Oscar-nominated film An Education, and projects for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Ballet, Ronnie Scott's and the BBC. She is engaged as a Composer-in-Education, for example through BCMG's education programme.
In 2012, Alastair was a Composition Fellow at Tanglewood Music Center, and returned the following year for the premiere of his commission for brass ensemble. In 2013, he was named as one of English National Opera’s House Composers, and was commissioned by the London Contemporary Orchestra through the Britten-Pears Foundation. Other recent commissions include works for the Choir of New College, Oxford, the Brinkburn Festival, the Orgelbüchlein Project and EXAUDI.
Since participating in the scheme, Duncan has pursued a career in conducting. From 2012-14 he was Conducting Scholar of the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchester-Akademie, to which he was appointed on the recommendation of Sir Simon Rattle. In 2015 he became Principal Conductor of Sinfonia Viva, and was recently appointed Associate Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Mihyun Woo is enrolled as a PhD (Composition) student at the Royal Academy of Music where she gained a distinction in her MMus degree and was awarded scholarships and the Mosco Carner Composition Prize. Mihyun was awarded first prize at the Alan Bush Prize 2014 (U.K.) third prize at the Ninth International Competition 'Young Virtuosos' 2013 (Bulgaria), and the ‘Grand prix’ (first) prize at George Enescu International Composition Competition, chamber music section (2011, Romania).
In February 2015 the LSO premiered Patrick's work, Ballabile, which was performed at the ISCM World Music days in Slovenia in September of the same year. In October 2015 he was appointed Music Apprentice Composer-in-Residence by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Sound and Music. His residency opened on 15 November with a performance of his work, Polly Roe.
Leo is currently a Soundhub Associate Composer, and has a special interest in sound and music for visual art, collaborating on a wide range of acclaimed video, installation and live art projects in the last decade. He frequently writes about innovative and creative pop and classical music for publications including The Wire, The Quietus, Frieze, TEMPO, Sinfini and The New Statesman.
David is currently Vivre Musicale Composer-in-Residence as well as BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sound and Music Embedded Composer-in-Residence for 2015/16. He was a featured composer in the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Horizons’ Series in January 2015; this saw the premiere of his Sarcasms for orchestra, an RTÉ commission, and his violin concerto Träumerei, with soloist Kristine Balanas, in a portrait concert at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. It was subsequently broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm.
Selected by the BBC as one of the most inspiring 100 Women globally, Bushra has written various works for the concert hall, dance, theatre and multi-media. She is the Artistic Director and leader of Ensemble Zar, and founder of the Chelsea Music Academy, a centre for music education.
Watch: Bushra discusses her composition, Tmesis, which is featured on The Panufnik Legacies II.
Ryan was Composer-in-Association for the Workers Union Ensemble during 2014, and is currently pursuing a PhD at the Royal Academy of Music. Ryan has recently begun a year-long residency with the BBC Symphony Orchestra through the Sound and Music Embedded Scheme. His new work for the orchestra will be performed in March 2016 and later broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Aaron Parker studied at the Royal Northern College of Music under Gary Carpenter and Larry Goves. His new work, seriusu, will be premiered in April 2016 by the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester as part of the Shakespeare 400 celebrations.
In 2014 Kim was awarded his PhD in composition at King’s College London (where he studied with Silvina Milstein and George Benjamin). He now teaches a range of subjects and lectures in composition and 20th century analysis at Cambridge and at King’s College London.
Benjamin graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a distinction in his masters, and is currently studying for a PhD in composition. He is the Co-Director of Sounding Motion, a collaborative company that demonstrates the relationship between music and dance.
Jae-Moon is currently pursuing doctoral studies under the supervision of Richard Causton at the University of Cambridge. For his ensemble works, he received the 1st prize at the Valentino Bucchi International Composition Prize in Rome and was chosen for the ISCM World New Music Days Festivals held in Austria and Slovakia, 2013 and in Slovenia, 2015.
James studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music with Philip Cashian. During his time at the Academy he was fortunate enough to receive the Regency Award, Pullen Memorial Prize, Charles W Black Fellowship, Howard Hartog Scholarship, and the Eric Coates composition prize – the latter for a first version of his work Windows, commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra. Currently James is an associate of the LSO’s pioneering Soundhub scheme.
In February 2015 Elizabeth was appointed by Music Director Riccardo Muti to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as one of its Mead Composers-in-Residence for a three-year tenure. In July 2015 she completed her doctoral studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Elizabeth's new work Sleep & Unremembrance, commissioned by the LSO, was premiered on Sunday 13 March 2016 at the Barbican Hall.
Active as both composer and pianist, Richard is a lecturer in composition at the University of Manchester, where he was the founder of the university’s new music ensemble, Vaganza. He also teaches composition and performs chamber music at the ARAM-Poitou Summer School in France each August. A number of his works are commercially recorded, including a solo CD his music, A Feast for the Senses.
Michael lives and works in London and is currently pursuing doctoral study in composition under the supervision of Mark Bowden and Helen Grime at Royal Holloway. He is currently one of Sound and Music’s New Voices, and a London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub Associate. He is currently a London Philharmonic Orchestra Young Composer, and will be writing a new piece for the LPO over the coming year.
Michael is now working towards a PhD at Kings College London, supervised by George Benjamin. He makes music with acoustic instruments and analogue devices, and his work has been presented in HCMF (UK), AHEAD Festival (Lithuania) Manifeste Academy (Paris), and in venues from the Royal Festival Hall to Cafe Oto, Royaumont Abbey to Rotherhithe Tunnel Shaft.
Currently Vitalija is working on a new large-scale work for ensemble, lo-fi technology and self-built instruments to be taken on a UK tour in 2016, as part of her 18 month residency with ensemble Apartment House, supported by Sound and Music. Separate from composing, Vitalija is co-founder of Another Contemporary Music Ensemble.
In 2015 Alex was named composer-in-residence at the Institute of Composing through Sound and Music's 'Embedded' scheme, which sees him working closely with improvising chamber ensemble Notes Inégales, directed by Peter Wiegold. The same year, he was selected as a British Music Collection 'New Voices' artist and invited to become an LSO Soundhub Associate.
Jack is currently completing a Masters degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a Leverhulme Scholar. He is the co-founder of ddmmyy, a concert series dedicated to commissioning and contextualising experimental music. Its 2014/15 series was supported by Sound & Music and the RNCM, and was featured on BBC Radio 3’s Hear And Now series. Jack is also active as a conductor, conducting at the Lucerne Festival Academy and Dartington International Summer School in 2014/15.
Michael is currently completing his Masters of Composition at the Royal College of Music in London with Jonathan Cole and Simon Holt, and is a participant of the 2015/16 Philharmonia Composer’s Academy.
And finally, keep an eye out for the participants of the 2015/16 scheme:
Patrick's music has been performed all across North American and in the United Kingdom. He received various awards, notably the 3rd Serge-Garant Prize in 2015 for his work Le sel de la terre, which was toured extensively all across Canada and recorded at the legendary Glenn Gould studios in Toronto. Patrick conducts the Ensemble Lunatik, a new music ensemble that he founded in 2009.
Having completed her MMus at the Royal Academy of Music with Simon Bainbridge, holding the Junior Manson Fellowship, she was awarded her DPhil from the University of Oxford under Robert Saxton, winning both the Orlando Composition Prize and the John Lowell Osgood Memorial Prize for composition. She is currently a tutor at the University of Oxford.
After studies in Physics, he studied composition and music theory in Germany (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and Musikhochschule Stuttgart), United States (University of Texas at Austin) and Brazil (Universidade Federal do Grande do Sul). As a conductor he studied in the USA with Robert Carnochan, in Germany with Lorenz Nordmeyer and in Italy with Michael Luig.
A graduate of the University of Cambridge and the Birmingham Conservatoire, Daniel is now studying for a PhD in Musical Composition at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Michael Zev Gordon. He is currently the recipient of both The Sir Thomas White's Music Scholarship, and a UoB CAL Doctoral Scholarship.
Bethan gained early recognition as composer, winning the Under 15 Composition Class at the Urdd National Eisteddford in 2004, and with string works performed at Wells Cathedral School where she gained a full scholarship aged eight, the University of Bristol and the RNCM in 2005. In 2010, Bethan gained a scholarship to RNCM as a joint-study violinist/composer. She is the 2015 winner of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's Christopher Brooks Composition Prize.
Ewan studied musical composition at Cambridge University (with Jeremy Thurlow and Robin Holloway) and King's College London, where he recently completed a PhD under the tutelage of George Benjamin and Silvina Milstein. He has lectured in composition at King's College London, and teaches composition and analysis in Cambridge University and on the Aldeburgh Young Musician Scheme. In 2012/13 Ewan was appointed as Composer in Residence with the Cambridge University Music Society.
LSO Futures is a series of concerts, events and workshops exploring the music of composers who push the boundaries of the classical genre to its limits, taking place at the Barbican at LSO St Luke's from 9 – 13 March 2016.