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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 London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia * leading interpreters include violinist Nicola Benedetti, cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and the composer himself on clarinet * 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 disc of chamber and ensemble works on the NMC label

Works by Mark Simpson include:
The Immortal (2015) Oratorio for voices and orchestra
Pleasure (2016) Chamber opera
Cello Concerto (2018)

Looking Ahead: Vikingur Ólafsson is soloist in new Piano Concerto, premiered with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Edward Gardner (28 Jan); Ólafsson and Gardner reunite for performances in Bergen (7 Feb) and Essen (19 Feb) and the US premiere is given by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under Louis Langrée (5 May); first German staging of chamber opera Pleasure in Erfurt (21 Jan); Dutch and German premieres of Violin Concerto with Nicola Benedetti in Amsterdam’s ZaterdagMatinee series (11 Mar) and Cologne’s Eight Bridges festival (28 Apr)

"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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