York composition students work with internationally acclaimed musicians
York composition students have had their music performed by one of Europe’s top string quartets. During an all-day long event, eight new pieces by undergraduate, MA, and PhD students were workshopped and performed by the Paris-based Quatuor Diotima – the department’s Artist-in-association, on Tuesday, 20th November.
The event was streamed to students of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, as part of the ‘Ensemble +’ project.
Following the concert, Quatuor Diotima selected Andreas Tsiartas to take part in their Academy at L’Abbaye de Noirlac in France in April 2019. The main goal of the academy is to foster the collaboration between performers and composers. Andreas, a PhD student in composition at York, currently in his second year, will be composing a new piece for a young string quartet to be coached by Diotima.
Quatuor Diotima also gave a concert at Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall on 21 November, performing works by Schubert, Berg, and the department’s Reader in Composition Thomas Simaku.
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.
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Several media outlets have highlighted the collaboration between the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Martin Suckling commemorating the Armistice Centenary.
Martin Suckling’s Meditation (after Donne), for chamber orchestra and live electronics receives its premiere performances from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in St Andrews, Edinburgh and Glasgow on 7, 8, 9 November.
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York composer’s new work receives its world premiere by one of Europe’s finest ensembles of contemporary music
Thomas Simaku’s new work Klang Inventions, written for and dedicated to the musicians of the prestigious ensemble Klangforum of Vienna, received its world premiere at the 10th Pharos Foundation International Festival in Nicosia on 12 October 2018.