Composition by Martin Scheuregger shortlisted for award
PhD candidate Martin Scheuregger’s In that solitude for violin and piano has been shortlisted for the Creative Responses to Modernism competition, hosted by King’s College London.
The shortlist of three was recently announced, and includes a book and a sound poem: the works were chosen by a judging panel comprising Lisa Appignanesi, Michael Berkeley, Juliet Gardiner, Jeremy Harding, Deborah Levy, Stephen Romer and Fiona Shaw. Details of the competition and shortlist can be found here http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/ahri/centres/cmlc/modcomp/competition.aspx.
Martin’s composition approaches the issue of musical fragmentation and forms a part of his wider research into issues of brevity in music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This work has included an analytical study of György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments recently published in Contemporary Music Review http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/gcmr20/33/4, and a presentation at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent, earlier this year.
In that solitude will be performed in London at a prize giving on 23 June by CMRC alumnus Christopher Leedham (piano), and current PhD student Richard Powell (violin). The duo premiered and recorded the work in 2013 before a performance by a further duo at Sydney Conservatorium, Australia.
Following the success at the 2019 International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) – World Music Days , Thomas Simaku’s most recent work, La Leggiadra Luna for mixed choir a cappella, has been broadcast by four European radio stations.
The Royal Philharmonic Society have announced the latest members of their prestigious Emerging Composers scheme, including Robin Haigh, currently studying for a PhD at York with Martin Suckling, and Joel Järventausta, a former York undergraduate.
Back in June Martin was invited to speak about Radulescu’s seminal solo viola piece Das Andere alongside violist Garth Knox at the Spectralisms conference in IRCAM.
Praise for Music Dept students featured in BBC Proms
Following on from his specially-commissioned Radio 3 takeover to extend the Last Night of the Proms 2018, Music Department PhD student Neil Luck was invited to contribute a live set as part of 2019’s first ‘Proms at…’ event. Joined by second year undergraduate Rebecca Burden and former student James McIlwrath, Neil masterminded three pieces in an event described by the Guardian as a ‘teasing, challenging new-music bill’. Proms at …
His new work will be performed by four different ensembles in four European cities and released on CD in 2020
The objective of Discovering Young Composers of Europe (DYCE) Competition was to bring together the four regions of Europe (North, South, East, West) by inviting the composition students and alumni of all European Academies, Conservatories and Universities to submit a work.
His work will be performed by a Grammy Award-winning ensemble
Thomas Simaku’s recent work, La Leggiadra Luna for mixed choir a cappella, has been selected by the international jury for performance at the 2019 ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) – World Music Days, which takes place in Estonia from 2 – 10 May.