Mark Simpson is a leading British composer and clarinettist.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award, and the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Award (2010). In 2015 Mark was appointed Composer in Association with the BBC Philharmonic, a position he will hold for four years.
In 2012 Simpson was selected for representation by YCAT and joined the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Scheme. His music is now published by Boosey & Hawkes.
Simpson’s music has been described as “thrilling” (Times) and “Exciting and assured” (The Guardian).
His recent commissions include ‘Israfel’ for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and ‘The Immortal’, a 35-minute oratorio commissioned with support from Sky Arts Futures Fund and IdeasTap that was premiered by the BBC Philharmonic and Exaudi under Juanjo Mena at the 2015 Manchester International Festival.
In 2006, aged 17, Simpson became the first ever winner of both the BBC Young Musician and BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year Competitions.
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