Thomas Simaku at Prague Academy
Thomas Simaku’s music was featured at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
https://www.amu.cz/en on Wednesday, 2nd November 2016. His award-winning work, ‘Voci Celesti – String Quartet No. 3’, was given its Czech Premiere by the acclaimed quartet ‘FAMA Q’, who regularly perform works by 20th & 21st century composers. http://www.festival.cz/en/performer/fama_q
Voci Celesti was awarded 2nd Prize at Lutoslawski Forum in 2004 and was first performed by the Rubinstein String Quartet in Warsaw. The work has been recorded by the Kreutzer Quartet on a CD portrait released on Naxos 21st Century Classics series, and has received much critical acclaim.
A more recent work, ‘Herkomman Aria’ for solo clarinet was also included in the programme, performed by the leading Czech clarinettist Ludmila Peterková, who gave the world premiere at 2016 Kuks International Festival in Prague.
Thomas Simaku gave a presentation on his music at Prague Academy, entitled ‘from 1 to 100 (…and a few in between)’ focusing on his Soliloquy Cycle and Concerto for Orchestra – the winning work of the 2013 Lutoslawski Competition.
PhD students Beau Stocker, James Cave and Ben Eyes have collaborated with professional singer Supriya Nagarajan and musician Matt Redman on a world music project that brings together classical Bollywood themes and jazz music. The project, backed by the Arts Council, has been devised by Supriya to bring Bollywood music to a new audience and has recently completed a successful UK tour with an international tour to follow.
Ann Cleare’s work the square of yellow light that is your window will receive its UK premiere at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on Saturday, November 25th.
Ensemble-in-association Quatour Diotima have been working with undergraduate and postgraduate students as part of their residency in the Music Department.
Thomas Simaku’s new work, ‘The Scream’ for 34 solo strings, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 20th November 2017.
Ann Cleare’s new piece surface station #2: the relighting of the sun receives its Australian premiere in Perth’s Totally Huge New Music Festival on October 28th, and from there will tour to venues in Sydney and Melbourne on November 1st and November 2nd.
Thomas Simaku’s work for solo piano, raggio lunare, will receive its world premiere at the Academy of Performing Arts, Martinu Hall, in Prague on 4 November 2017.