Thomas Simaku


Thomas Simaku’s music has been reaching audiences across Europe, the USA and further afield for more than two decades, and it has been awarded a host of accolades for its expressive qualities and its unique blend of intensity and modernism. His compositions range from solo pieces to works for symphony orchestra, and he has described his idiom as ‘an imaginary journey where ancient and modern aspects of utterance, musical or otherwise, interconnect and complement each other’.

In recent years Simaku has focused on his Soliloquy Cycle – a series of highly virtuosic solo pieces for various instruments, with the aim of creating different characters within the same ‘protagonist who narrates in different languages’. One of these works, Soliloquy V – Flauto Acerbo was awarded the 2009 British Composer Award in the solo/duo category; the judging panel ‘unanimously agreed that the winning work redefines the instrument in a visionary and entirely original way’.

Other areas of research interests include the string quartet and the orchestra. His 2nd & 3rd quartets, together with first three soliloquies, were released on Naxos 21st Century Classics series in 2008. Simaku is currently writing his 5th quartet; the work is commissioned by the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and will receive its world premiere at the 2015 HCMF by Quatuor Diotima. Simaku has written a number of orchestral works, including the Concerto for Orchestra which won the first prize of the International Competition for Lutosławski’s 100th Birthday in 2013. Thomas Simaku’s music is published by UYMP.