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 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: ongoing Composer in Association with BBC Philharmonic; Violin Concerto for Nicola Benedetti with commissioners including the London Symphony Orchestra (Apr 2021), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
"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