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Mark Simpson

 b. 1988Photo: Elisabeth Blanchet


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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 * works demonstrate gift for instrumentation and skilful handling of aural perspective within complex textures * his championing of new music includes a disc of works for clarinet and basset clarinet on the NMC label, developed over five years with a range of composers

Works by Mark Simpson include:
Threads (2007) for orchestra
A mirror-fragment... (2008) for orchestra
sparks (2012) Fanfare for orchestra

Looking Ahead: world premiere of Israfel by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow conducted by Andrew Litton (2 Apr); premiere of The Immortal for voices and orchestra commissioned by Manchester International Festival with support from Sky Arts Futures Fund and IdeasTap (4 Jul); new orchestral works under his Composer in Association role with the BBC Philharmonic 2015-19; opera project in collaboration with writer Melanie Challenger under the Jerwood Opera Writing fellowship scheme

"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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