Martin Scheuregger is a musicologist and composer, currently working as a Lecturer in Music at the University of Lincoln. He takes an inter-disciplinary approach to research, combining musical analysis and composition as he explores notions of time and brevity in music. Recent work has seen him move towards areas of public engagement, as he brings together his expertise as a scholar and ensemble director to investigate new ways of effectively presenting contemporary music, in concerts, events, online and in recordings.
As the first Composer-in-Residence at theBritish Music Collection (2014-15; supported by Sound and Music), Martin worked with contemporary music group CHROMA to curate concerts in London and as part of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Martin is also a Sound and Music New Voice composer and co-directs contemporary music group Dark Inventions.
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 thesis, which combined analysis and composition in a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, under the supervision of Thomas Simaku, and Tim Howell.
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. He 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.
Black Swans is featured on Dark Inventions’ debut EP Hinterland (2013), and in 2014 the group premiered The Four Last Things as part of a UK tour. In 2015 they recorded The Four Last Things and Death and the Lady for their second CD, ‘Firewheel’ (2016). A work for clarinet and percussion was recorded by Jonathan Sage and Delia Stevens in 2015 and will be performed as part of the York Festival of Ideas in June 2016. As part of the Festival, Martin is curating an event based around a rare performance of Ligeti’s Poème Symphonique, a work for 100 metronomes.
Conference presentations have taken Martin across the UK and abroad, including recent papers at ISCM World Music Days, Wroc?aw; CeReNeM, University of Huddersfield; and Orpheus Institute, Ghent. His music has been performed in the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Germany and Holland, and in 2015 In that solitude was awarded first prize in the Creative Responses to Modernism Competition at King’s College, London.
Martin has published on the music of György Kurtág, and will present at the Musicological Conference on the 90th Birthday of György Kurtág in Budapest in June 2016. He has written about his own music in relation to Modernism for the journal Textual Practice, curated an exhibition on British Music for the Google Cultural Institute, written for Classical Music Magazine and regularly reviews concerts for the York Press. Forthcoming papers include an analysis of Thomas Simaku’s Concerto for Orchestra – winner of the International Competition for Lutoslawski 100th birthday (2013) – and studies of the music of George Benjamin.
Awards and Grants
2016: AHRC 10th Anniversary Cultural Engagement Fund (£50,000)
Research Fellow for a University of York project: ‘From score to sound: engaging audiences with new music’. Curating a series of public engagement events, creating further online content, evaluating the project and disseminating findings.
2014-2015: 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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