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Samuel Bordoli (b.1987)

Samuel BordoliAlthough composing and conducting are occasions of natural musical fluency for Samuel Bordoli, born 1987, the focus of his creativity is often to be found at the borders of music with architecture, theatre or literature. The transmutation of space into sonic structures contingent upon their environment is a unique aspect of his three ‘Live Music Sculptures’, set in the resonant interiors of The Monument, Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral respectively, and of GRIND, featuring instruments and voices in the contemporary acoustic of the skateboard park. No less attuned to the dramatic interaction of music and words, his theatrical ventures include a collaboration with Mark Ravenhill, New World (2011), the Kafka-based Amerika (2012), both for Tête à Tête, and the yet-to-be-performed Lethe’s Flood to Bordoli’s own libretto. His engagement with words also embraces the modernist concern with literary narrative as analogue to musical form in his Faulkner-inspired ensemble score As I Lay Dying, premiered in the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Music of Today series in June 2015 following the award of a 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize. The recipient of many other distinguished accolades, including the Royal Academy of Music’s Mendelssohn Scholarship and Manson Fellowship, Bordoli was Composer-in-Residence for the 2011 Liturgical Music Course held at Winchester Cathedral. PHOTO CREDIT: BILL BANKES-JONES

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