Martin Scheuregger – photo by Christopher Leedham

I’m currently writing up a PhD combining composition and musical analysis at the University of York, funded by the AHRC. I work primarily as a composer, musicologist and performer, and teach in all these areas. I’m a tutor for the Centre for Lifelong Learning at York, part of the music team at Queen Margaret’s School, teach at Fulford Music Academy and teach percussion and composition privately. I co-direct contemporary music ensemble Dark Inventions and am currently in residence at the British Music Collection, University of Huddersfield.

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Martin Scheuregger is a composer based in the North of England. He is currently Embedded composer-in-residence at the British Music Collection (supported by Sound and Music), engaging with the vast resource of the collection in a number of ways, with the final outcome being a large-scale ensemble work to be performed in several concerts in the UK. His music is published by Composers Edition. Martin is also Artistic Director of chamber ensemble Dark Inventions, a group going from strength to strength. In 2014 the ensemble embarked on a five-date tour of the North of England supported by the Sound and Music Composer-Curator Scheme, centred on a work commissioned by the group from leading British Composer Philip Cashian. The Firewheel Tour featured a new work from Martin – The Four Last Things.

Aware of music of the past as much as that of the present, Martin aims to write music that both engages and challenges audiences. With particular interest in notions of miniaturisation and brevity, Martin is interested in how such ideas inform large-scale works. This work is reflected in his PhD research, which combines analysis and composition in a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, under the supervision of Thomas Simaku, and Tim Howell.

Martin has studied composition with Roger Marsh, Ambrose Field and Thomas Simaku, and taken lessons with Richard Ayres, Carola Bauckholt, Dimitri Kourliandski, Martijn Padding and others. Having also worked with a wide variety of musicians, Martin enjoys exploring how his music can work in a variety of contexts, from solo recitals settings to theatrical works. His music has been performed in England, Scotland, Australia, Germany and Holland by Orkest de Ereprijs, Dark Inventions, The 24, Kreutzer Quartet, Richard Casey, Chimera Ensemble, Stranded Ensemble, University of York Chamber Orchestra, and others.

Martin was chosen to work with Orkest De Ereprijs in Holland as part of their international Young Composers’ Meeting in 2013 where they premiered And his dark secret, a concise setting of William Blake’s ‘Sick Rose’. This work was chosen for a further performance at the Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Utrecht in September 2013.

Black Swans has been recorded by Dark inventions for their debut EP Hinterland, and other works have been written for the group. Martin was recipient of the 2012 Lyons Celebration Award and was commissioned to write a work for the University of York Chamber Orchestra. Do not keep silent for solo piano and chamber orchestra was premiered in June 2013.

Martin is also active as a producer and curator, having been involved with the York Spring Festival as Festival Director, and the Chimera Ensemble as Director. Now in his position with Dark Inventions, Martin promotes new music in a wide variety of contexts, often programming eclectic mixes of music from different periods. In 2014 Martin is working with Sound and Music and Google to curate the first New Voices Google Cultural Institute exhibition and continues to work with SaM as the British Music Collection develops.

Awards and Grants

2014-2017: Sound and Music / Composers Edition ‘New Voices’ composer
Selected as one of the first New Voices composers through Sound and Music. To be promoted as a composer by SaM, published for up to three years by Composers Edition and to have scores added to the British Music Collection.

2014-2015: PRS For Music Foundation Composer Bursary
Funding to professionally record a new work for string quartet.

2014: Google Cultural Institute Curator
Curator of the first New Voices Google Cultural Institute online exhibition. A collaborative project with Google and Sound and Music, the UK’s leading organisation for the promotion of new music.

2013-2014: Sound and Music Embedded
Composer-in-Residence at the British Music Collection. An 18-month residency in partnership with Sound and Music, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and ensembles from the UK.

2013-2014: Britten-Pears Foundation commission funding
Substantial funding to commission a new work from leading British composer Philip Cashian (Head of Composition, Royal Academy of Music) for Dark Inventions.

2013-2014: Sound and Music Composer-Curator Scheme
A partnership with Sound and Music, including substantial funding to support a major tour by Dark Inventions in May 2014.

2013-2014: York Annual Fund grant
Funding to record debut CD with Dark Inventions at the Music Research Centre, University of York.

2013: Orkest de Ereprijs Young Composers’ Meeting 2013, Holland
Selected as a composition participant at this prestigious international course, led by world-renowned composers including Louis Andriessen, Martijn Padding, Richard Ayres and Carola Bauckholt.

2013: AHRC travel grant
Funding to travel to Holland for the Young Composers’ Meeting 2013.

2013: Department of Music Research Committee Funding
Funding for fees associated with the Young Composers’ Meeting 2013.

2012:Sir Jack Lyons Celebration Award
Commission to write a substantial work for the Sir Jack Lyons Celebration Concert for solo piano and orchestra: Do not keep silent premiered on 26th June 2013.

2011-2014: Arts and Humanities Research Council – Doctoral funding
Full funding to undertake a PhD in composition and musical analysis to examine issues oftime, structure and form in twentieth- and twenty-first-century music.

2010-2011: Arts and Humanities Research Council – Research Preparation funding
Full funding to undertake a taught Masters in contemporary studies, incorporating musical analysis and composition.

2009: York Annual Fund grant
A substantial grant to take the Chimera ensemble on tour to Germany, with a programme of music by composers based at York.

2009: Chimera Ensemble Undergraduate Commission
Selected by a committee of composition staff at the University of York to write a work for ensemble and tape. Pinophyta was premiered in December 2009.

2009: Edd Burrell Music Prize
University of York Department of Music second year undergraduate award for academic achievement.

2008: Wilfrid Mellers Music Prize
University of York Department of Music first year undergraduate award for academic achievement.


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