Patrick Nunn


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Patrick Nunn (b.1969, Kent, UK) studied composition with Frank Denyer at Dartington College of Arts, Gary Carpenter at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, and Simon Bainbridge and Jonathan Harvey whilst completing his PhD in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music (funded by a PRS Scholarship).

He has been the recipient of many awards including the Birmingham New Millennium prize for Sentiment of an Invisible Omniscience (2010), the Alan Bush prize for Transilient Fragments (2008), a British Composers Award (solo/duet category) for Mercurial Sparks, Volatile Shadows (2006), and the BBC Radio 3 Composing for Children prize for Songs of Our Generation (1995). His work Pareidolia I for bass clarinet, electronics and sensors (Sonic Arts category, 2012) was the most recent of seven shortlisted works for the British Composers Awards.

Patrick’s music has been performed widely in the UK and on the continent and has featured at more than fifty festivals worldwide, most recently at IRCAM in Paris. He has worked with a diverse range of collaborators, including the BBC Concert Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Bellowhead, Kreutzer Quartet, Mark Simpson, Thalia Myers, Zubin Kanga, Piano Circus, Icebreaker, Ballet Rambert, Gogmagogs, New London Children’s Choir and the Tempest Flute Trio.

Under the auspices of Tod Machover (MIT), Nunn, in his role as Hyperbow Researcher at the Royal Academy of Music, wrote two new works incorporating Diana Young’s (MIT) Hyperbow design: Gaia Sketches for solo cello and live electronics (finalist in the New Media category, British Composers Awards 2006); and Fata Morgana for cello, ensemble and live electronics. Nunn presented the collaborative process between composer and engineer in a research paper alongside Young at the 2006 NIME conference at IRCAM. His recent collaboration, Morphosis with Zubin Kanga, incorporated 3D sensors on the pianist’s hands and was presented at the 2015 ‘Inventing Gestures’ symposium as part of IRCAM’s Manifeste Festival.

As part of his extensive work as an educator, Nunn currently holds the position of Lecturer in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music. His music is published by Cadenza Music and the ABRSM, and features on 21st Century Bow (Royal Academy of Music), Music of the Spheres (Red Sock Records), Prism (NMC), A Bassoonist’s Cabinet of Curiosities (sfz Music) and on his newly released album titled Morphosis (Red Sock Records) showcasing small-scale and electronic works.

© Patrick Nunn (Nov 2012)