In 2006 at the age of 17 Mark Simpson became the first ever winner of both the BBC Young Musician and the BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year Competitions, and is now emerging as a major new voice, both as composer and clarinettist.
Over the last year Mark joined BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artist Scheme, won a Sky Arts Futures Fund bursary and embarked on a full publishing relationship with Boosey & Hawkes. His BBC orchestral commission sparks was premiered at the Last Night of the Proms and a mirror-fragment… received its London premiere with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
A passionate exponent of new music, this year Mark performs and records the Lindberg Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Adam’s Gnarly Buttons with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Mark read Music at St. Catherine’s College Oxford and studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was selected by YCAT in 2012.
A mirror-fragment….Exciting and assured ….it thrills the ears and sends the imagination wild. Any orchestra worth its salt should take this work up.
The Guardian 5 star review / BBC SO Martyn Brabbins at the Barbican / April 2013
Mark Simpson stole the show. The performances he gave of Berio’s giant Sequenza and Reich’s New York Counterpoint were simply astounding, and made their unfolding logic seem totally convincing.
The Daily Telegraph / November 2011