Contemporary composition has been an essential part of the School of Music since its foundation. We offer a fresh and diverse range of approaches.
Composition staff have established national and international profiles. All are active collaborators with professional performing groups in Cardiff, across the UK and abroad, maintaining the strong connection to contemporary music interpretation and performer collaboration that characterises composition at Cardiff University.
Works have been performed and commissioned by a range of companies including:
- New York Philharmonic
- Seattle Symphony
- Cheltenham Music Festival
- Irish Arts Council
- Cape Town Opera
- Tete-a-tete Opera
- Academia de Música de Santa Cecília,
- Companhia Nacional de Bailado (Portuguese National Ballet)
- Stratford on Avon Music Festival
Our staff compositions have been performed by a wide range of ensembles including:
- BBC National Orchestra of Wales
- Tokyo Philharmonic
- London Sinfonietta
- South African National Youth Orchestra
- Fidelio Trio
- London Chamber Orchestra
- Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
- I Solisti Veneti
Our composition modules offer a broad range of workshops with visiting composers and professional contemporary ensembles each year, including recordings of new music by staff and students.
Our composition community is strengthened by our resident student ensemble, the Cardiff University Contemporary Music Group.
We also have a busy schedule of workshops with visiting composers and professional contemporary ensembles each year, and a schedule of recordings of contemporary music by both staff and student composers.