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Neil Thomas Smith (*1987)

Neil Tòmas Smith was born and raised in Edinburgh. Before beginning his studies at the University of York he was taught composition by Tom David Wilson for three happy years at St. Mary´s Music School and the RSAMD junior academy. He has since received tuition from many friendly composers such as Alasdair Nicolson, Carola Bauckholt, James Macmillan, Thomas Simaku, Richard Causton, Mathias Spahlinger, Brian Ferneyhough, Dai Fujikura, Georg Friedrich Haas, Beat Furrer and Roger Marsh.

Deciding one Masters was not enough, Neil attended the Musik Hochschule in Stuttgart from 2010-2012 where he studied with Caspar Johannes Walter. In Stuttgart he also studied computer music with Marco Stroppa and Piet Johan Meyer and attended many of Germany´s new music festivals, including Darmstadt, Donaueschingen, Witten and Maerzmusik.

Major performances include: a percussion quartet, Gravitation, which won first prize in the Acht Brücken young composers´ award after a performance by Schlagquartett Köln; a short chamber opera Passive/Aggressive which was performed at the Wilhelmspalais in Stuttgart; and the orchestral work Habitus which was performed by the WDR Sinfonieorchester in Cologne in March. Both Gravitation and Habitus were subsequently broadcast on West German Radio. Recently he has written pieces for the Twelfth Day duo, Dark Inventions clarinetist Jonathan Sage, all of which were performed at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Neil is also an active performer, and is a member of Dark Inventions, a new music ensemble based in York. In 2009 he premiered the flute version of Thomas Simaku´s Flauto Acerbo. The original recorder version of this work was awarded a BASCA award. At University he conducted regularly with the new music ensemble, Chimera: works included At First Light by George Benjamin and Trepidation Dancing by Alasdair Spratt. He also worked with the University´s opera society, for which he conducted a production of Benjamin Britten´s Little Sweep and Kurt Weill´s Down in the Valley.

In 2009 Neil was awarded the BBC Music Magazine Michael Oliver award for young writers under 30. This led to his winning article being published in the magazine and, since then, he has regularly written CD reviews. Since completing his Masters at York, Neil has been involved in a number of film projects, particularly with director Tom Chick. Chick's Through My Brother's Window was made in 2009, while The Fisherman's Daughter was shown at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2011. Death in a Nut - the latest collaboration with Chick as well as Digicult, Glasgow - was completed at the end of 2011.

Gravitation (2011)

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