Upcoming Event: ‘Ian Pace at Fifty – Tributes and Early Modernism’

One of my recent pieces for piano, Progress always comes late (2017), will be premiered by pianist Ian Pace in April at City University of London. The event is free to attend, but it is recommended that you reserve a place via the online booking form.

To celebrate Ian Pace’s 50th birthday, a group of international composers have all written short piano pieces in tribute to him. These were collected by US composer Evan Johnson, who wrote that this collection was ‘in recognition of a career built around the persistent championing of young or unduly ignored composers, and of difficult or otherwise unreasonable music: the sort often thankless effort that can indelibly shape a nascent compositional career, build decades-long collaborations, and begin to change the face of a repertoire’. Eighteen world premieres will form one half of the concert, and in the other half Ian will perform four other lesser-known early twentieth-century piano works: Arthur Lourié’s sensuous and ultra-chromatic Deux poèmes op. 8 (1912), Stefan Wolpe’s brutalist Sonata for piano, op. 1 (1925), Frederic Mompou’s aloof Charmes (1920-21), and Roger Sessions’ lyrical and brilliant Piano Sonata No. 1 (1930).

Quotation source: City of London Music Events (city.ac.uk), ‘Ian Pace at Fifty – Tributes and Early Modernism’.  A concert programme can be found here.

The concert will also include performances of music by Arthur Lourié, Stefan Wolpe, Frederic Mompou, Roger Sessions, Christopher Fox, James Dillon, Roddy Hawkins, Lauren Redhead, Mic Spencer, Michael Finnissy, Sadie Harrison, Ben Smith, Patrícia Sucena de Almeida, Walter Zimmermann, Ian Pace, Jesse Ronneau, Eleri Angharad Pound, Marc Yeats, Nigel McBride, Alistair Zaldua, Wieland Hoban, and Evan Johnson.


Cellomondo CD #2: ‘Rebirth in Sound’

My piece Parallax Error (2014) for any four-stringed bowed instrument features as part of the second Cellomondo CD: Rebirth in Sound.

The CD also features music by Aurélio Edler-Copes, Ryszard Lubieniecki, Jason Post, Dugal McKinnon, Patiparn Jaikampan and Artyom Kim.

All pieces on the CD are performed by cellist Katharina Gross.




The CD is available here and more information about it can be found here.  More information about Cellomondo can be found here.


New Piece for 28 Pianos Performed in Yorkshire

My latest composition, Resonance/Light/Decay for 28 pianos, composed in collaboration with Dr Mic Spencer (University of Leeds) was premiered on Tuesday 12 December, 2017 in the School of Music, University of Leeds. The composition and its performance was done to celebrate the School of Music becoming a Steinway School. More about this can be read here and here.

The performance of Resonance/Light/Decay was live-streamed online and also featured on BBC Radio Leeds.

In case you missed it, you can view a video of the performance below:

Upcoming Performance in Łódź

One of my compositions, ‘We Lived in the Gaps between the Stories.’ (2016) for amplified accordion will be performed in the upcoming sixth edition of the ‘Working Scene’ concert series (Scena Robocza #6).


The event will take place on Wednesday, September 27 in Łódź and will feature performances from accordionist Ryszard Lubieniecki and artist Sonia Skowronek with electronics and sound realisation by Piotr Bednarczyk.

This event will also feature the works of Mateusz ŚmigasiewiczJosue W. AmadorDominik Karski, and Piotr Bednarczyk.

More information about this event can be found here.

Upcoming Performance in Bydgoszcz

Tomorrow, accordionist Ryszard Lubieniecki will perform my piece ‘We Lived in the Gaps between the Stories.’ (2016) for amplified accordion as part of his final diploma recital at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. He will also perform works by Richard McReynoldsGilberto AgostinhoDominik KarskiPiotr Bednarczyk, as well as his own piece black-control-Holzfällen

This recital is free, and so if you happen to be in Bydgoszcz, then why not have a listen.

Event details: June 16, 2017, 1:30 pm, Concert Hall of the Academy of Music,  Gdańsk Street 20, Bydgoszcz

A full programme is available here.

Upcoming Performance: Amplified Accordion in Wrocław

My composition for solo accordion ‘We Lived in the Gaps between the Stories.’ (2016) will be performed for a second time by Ryszard Lubieniecki in Wrocław on June 13. This piece was first performed at Wrocław’s Spadochron festival last week.

Tomorrow’s event comprises a performance of amplified accordion music, commissioned and performed by accordionist Ryszard Lubieniecki with additional electronics by Piotr Bednarczyk. The event features many new works by composers Richard McReynoldsGilberto AgostinhoDominik KarskiPiotr Bednarczyk, and Ryszard Lubieniecki himself. 

If you happen to be in Wrocław tomorrow, then why not have a listen. A full programme is available here.

World Premiere in Wrocław

On June 10, 2017, accordionist Ryszard Lubieniecki will premiere my composition for solo accordion ‘We Lived in the Gaps between the Stories.’ (2016). The premiere will take place in Wrocław’s festival ‘Spadochron‘ (parachute). ‘Spadochron’ is a festival dedicated to solo improvised music and curate by Michał Sember and Lena Czerniawska.

Due to the nature of the score, ‘We Lived in the Gaps between the Stories.’ is of indefinite duration and Lubieniecki’s performance at this particular event will last approximately 20-30 minutes.


poster for the music festival ‘Spadochron’ in Wrocław

Further details of the event, along with the above poster, can be found here.

Upcoming Performance: *Pacific Pleasures*, an opera.

I have composed a one-act opera called Pacific Pleasures (with libretto by Jorge Balça), which will be performed by Bloomsbury Opera company on March 25th and 26th in London. More information can be found here and on the poster below. 17159237_262559437526537_2985126229500355757_o

Pacific Pleasures (2016-17) is a prequel to Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti (1952),
which tells the story of a married couple living together in suburban America.
They are both desperately unhappy in their relationship and frequently argue.
In contrast to this, Pacific Pleasures tells the story of how this soon-to-be married
couple were born, met, fell in love, and got married.

Stage Director: Jorge Balça
Musical Director: Karin Hendrickson
Designer: Isobel Harcourt

Cast: Rebecca Cuddy
Edward Laurenson
Eleri Gwilym
Joshua Baxter
Ashley Mercer

Tickets to this event can be obtained here.