Thomas Simaku - Erasmus-Meisterklasse Komposition

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Dr. Thomas Simaku - University of York
Thomas Simaku (b. 1958) gained a PhD in Composition at the University of York (1991-96) Winner of the coveted Lionel Robbins Memorial Scholarship in 1993 (Simaku was the only candidate in the UK to win the award that year), he also was the 1996 Leonard Bernstein Fellow in Composition at Tanglewood Music Centre in the USA studying with Bernard Rands, and a fellow at the Composers' Workshop, California State University (1998), with Brian Ferneyhough. In 2000 he was awarded a highly prestigious Fellowship from the Arts & Humanities Research Council in London.

Simaku’s music has been reaching audiences all over Europe and the USA for over a decade, and it has been awarded a host of accolades for its highly expressive qualities and its unique blend of drama, intensity and modernism.

Notable performances include, among others, those given by the Arditti Quartet, English Northern Philharmonia, European Union Chamber Orchestra, London Kreutzer Quartet, Insomnio Ensemble, Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra, the New London Orchestra, Amsterdam New Music Ensemble, Goldberg Ensemble, Tokyo Phonosphere Musicale, Capricorn Ensemble, Norwegian Medieval Trio, New Music Players, Concorde (Dublin) and Austrian 'Ticom' Ensemble. Internationally renowned soloists such as Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Ian Pace, Vania Lecuit and Madeleine Shapiro have performed his solo pieces.

Simaku's works have been performed in festivals such as the ISCM, Tanglewood, Avignon, Miami, Manchester, Zagreb Biennale, Birmingham, Munich, Cagliari, Odense (Denmark), KlangSpectrum (Austria), Viitassari (Finland), etc. Broadcasts of his music include those by the BBC Radio-3, Radio-France, ORF (Austria), SWR2 and MDR (Germany), ABC (Australia), Swedish, Polish, Hellenic, Danish, Israeli, Croatian, Swiss, Icelandic and Brazil national radio stations. A concert-portrait featuring his music took place at the 2003 Begegnungen Internationale Konzertserie in Innsbruck, Austria. In 2000 he was granted British citizenship and now lives in York with his wife and two daughters. Winner of a number of prestigious awards such as Serocki International Prize, Lutoslawski Award, Leverhulme Research Fellowship, DAAD Residency in Berlin, and Honourable Mention at the Musical Personalities International Competition – Alexander Tansman 2006.

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