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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am interested in supervising PhD projects that explore topics in composition, including: Score-based composition Computer-based composition (acousmatic works/works with live electronics) Computer-assisted composition (OpenMusic)


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Personal profile


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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Research Output

Solo Fingers

Mawhinney, S., 2019

Research output: Non-textual formComposition


Mawhinney, S., 2018

Research output: Non-textual formComposition

  • Come With Me

    Mawhinney, S., 2017

    Research output: Non-textual formComposition

    1 Citation (Scopus)

    Daniel Josiah Is Sleeping

    Mawhinney, S., 2016

    Research output: Non-textual formComposition

    In All The Worlds

    Mawhinney, S., 14 Apr 2016

    Research output: Non-textual formComposition

  • Prizes

    AIC Composition Prize

    Mawhinney, Simon (Recipient), 2001

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Ann Driver Trust Award

    Mawhinney, Simon (Recipient), 2000

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Commission Award for New Work

    Mawhinney, Simon (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Other distinction

    Commission Award for The Zeddy Dance

    Mawhinney, Simon (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Other distinction

    General Arts Award

    Mawhinney, Simon (Recipient), 2003

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)



    Simon Mawhinney (Speaker)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Public Presentation of 'Nendrum'

    Simon Mawhinney (Advisor)

    13 Dec 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    Premiere Performance(s) of The Zeddy Dance

    Simon Mawhinney (Advisor)


    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    Public Presentation of 'Come With Me'

    Simon Mawhinney (Advisor)

    Nov 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    Public Presentation of 'In All the Worlds'

    Simon Mawhinney (Presenter)

    13 Apr 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


    Workflow as a mediatory agency in a compositional language: Portfolio of Compositions with Commentary

    Author: Barclay, A., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Hellawell, P. (Supervisor) & Mawhinney, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy