Simon Mawhinney

      Dr Simon Mawhinney

      Senior Lecturer

      Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 5324

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      Achievements and Distinctions

      Simon Mawhinney’s work as a composer has a notably international focus, with high profile musicians in Germany, France, Iceland, UK and elsewhere regularly collaborating with him on new projects.  His music ranges from quietude to frenetic exhilaration and draws on a wide range of contemporary influences: from complexist music to the colouristic harmonies of post-spectralism to the cantillation of numerous cultures.  He has a particular interest in the music of Boulez and Messiaen, regarding the former’s Derive 2 as a pinnacle of contemporary music.  He has performed Messiaen’s piano work Vingt Regards and will begin teaching a new module about Messiaen’s music in 2013.  Indeed, his fondness for including performance in his work both as composer and lecturer was recognized by in 2012 by a Queen’s University Teaching Award.

      Recent composition projects have included Hunshigo for violin and piano (recorded for Altarus Records by Darragh Morgan and Mary Dullea), Perseid (commissioned by Ensemble Recherche, Germany), Starbog for chamber orchestra (commissioned by Ensemble Caput, Iceland)Mary Dullea has recently recorded his 55-minute piano work, Marlacoo, scheduled for CD release in late 2013 and Kolbeinn Bjarnason will record his sequence of piecesfor bass flute and computer in 2014.  

      In early 2013, Simon Mawhinney was awarded a period of study leave to focus on the completion of a nine-movement work for viola d’amore and string quartet – believed to be the first work written for this particular grouping of instruments.   This work was commissioned by Garth Knox and Quatuor Béla, and will be premiered in Paris in November 2013.


      Key Roles:

      Practice-based Research in Composition

      PhD supervision – Composition (instrumental and computer music)

      Convenor of Composition Research Methods (MA in Music)

      Convenor of Undergraduate Modules in Composition and Music History

      Exams Liason Officer (2009-11)

      Advisor of Studies, Bmus pathway

      Member, Central Appeals Committee

      Member, Courses and Regulations Group

      Elected member, Academic Council (2010-)

      Research Interests

      Composition (instrumental and electronic media).

      New Music Performance

      Computer-assisted composition

      New Musical Technology

      Postwar Modernism



      Bmus 2011 & 2012 - Composition 2a and 2b

      Bus 1047 - Repertory B

      Bmus 2025 - The Music of Oliver Messiaen

      Bmus 3016 - Beethoven's Late Works


      Modules in research methods, composition (supervision) and historical studies


      Research programmes in composition (acoustic and electronic), sound art, composition & identity 

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      Frequent Journals

      • Tempo

        ISSNs: 0040-2982

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1478-2286

        Cambridge University Press

        Scopus rating (2016): SJR 0.132 SNIP 0.302


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