Photo of Simon Mawhinney
  • Room 01.012 - Music Block 7 Main Site

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

Willing to speak to media

20002019
If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Achievements

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.

Other

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

Teaching

Undergraduate

Bmus 2011 & 2012 - Composition 2a and 2b

Bus 1047 - Repertory B

Bmus 2025 - The Music of Oliver Messiaen

Bmus 3016 - Beethoven's Late Works

MA

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

PhD

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

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Simon Mawhinney is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • 2 Similar Profiles
funding Social Sciences
art Social Sciences
Composer Arts & Humanities
Music Arts & Humanities
Ensemble Arts & Humanities
Music Performance Arts & Humanities
String Quartet Arts & Humanities
Turing Machine Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2000 2019

Solo Fingers

Mawhinney, S., 2019

Research output: Non-textual formComposition

Polo

Mawhinney, S., 2018

Research output: Non-textual formComposition

Iceland
Ensemble
Music
Chamber Orchestra
Reykjavik

Come With Me

Mawhinney, S., 2017

Research output: Non-textual formComposition

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

String Quartet
Music

Prizes

AIC Composition Prize

Simon Mawhinney (Recipient), 2001

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Ann Driver Trust Award

Simon Mawhinney (Recipient), 2000

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Commission Award for New Work

Simon Mawhinney (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Other distinction

Commission Award for The Zeddy Dance

Simon Mawhinney (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Other distinction

General Arts Award

Simon Mawhinney (Recipient), 01 Jun 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

funding
art

Activities 2000 2017

Spectralisms

Simon Mawhinney (Speaker)
2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Public Presentation of 'Come With Me'

Simon Mawhinney (Advisor)
Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Premiere Performance(s) of The Zeddy Dance

Simon Mawhinney (Advisor)
2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Public Presentation of 'Nendrum'

Simon Mawhinney (Advisor)
13 Dec 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

The Portico of Ards: Piano Recital

Simon Mawhinney (Presenter)
12 Mar 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition