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Mark Simpson

 b. 1988Photo: Kaupo Kikkas

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Mark Simpson is a leading talent among young British composer-instrumentalists * in 2006 first-ever winner of both the BBC Young Musician of the Year and BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year competitions * studied at Royal Northern College of Music, Oxford University and Guildhall School of Music and Drama * as a clarinettist made Wigmore Hall debut at 17 and has appeared as soloist with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Northern Sinfonia * as a composer has written commissioned works for BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia * appointed Composer in Association with BBC Philharmonic 2015-19 * chamber opera Pleasure, with libretto by Melanie Challenger, toured in UK in 2016 * works demonstrate gift for instrumentation and skilful handling of aural perspective within complex textures * recordings include a new disc of chamber and ensemble works on the NMC label

Works by Mark Simpson include:
A mirror-fragment... (2008) for orchestra
Israfel (2014) for orchestra
The Immortal (2015) Oratorio for voices and orchestra

Looking Ahead: first performances of new chamber trio at Edinburgh and Salzburg Festivals with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, violist Antoine Tamestit and composer on clarinet (12/14 Aug); commissions under his Composer in Association role with the BBC Philharmonic 2015-19 include a cello concerto NOX for Leonard Elschenbroich (May 2017); new work for the Gould Piano Trio for premiere in 2017

"Sure in its harmonic touch, bold in its orchestral colours, A mirror-fragment... has enough ideas for a piece three times its modest length..."
Daily Telegraph

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