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Jeroen Speak received undergraduate training in music in New Zealand. With the aid of the William Georgetti and Herbert Sutcliffe scholarships he was able to complete a masters degree at Victoria University Wellington with John Young where he graduating in 1993. In 1994 he was the Composer in Residence at the Nelson School of Music before moving to Britain where he completed a D Phil at Sussex University under Michael Finnissy.

The recipient of numerous awards, Speak has been featured at many International Festivals, including the Huddersfield Festival (UK), ISCM World Music Days, Gaudeamus, Darmstadt, and the Asian Composers League Festivals. He has been broadcast and performed worldwide. He has worked with some of todays most important musicians, most recently; Elision (Australia), Arne De Force (Belgium), 175 East (NZ), Corado Canonici (Italy/UK), Lontano (UK), Forum Music (Taiwan), Stroma (NZ), Richard Haynes (Australia), Ensemble Antipodes (Switzerland) and Nicolas Hodges (Germany/UK). In 2004 Speak was awarded a Fellowship by the British Council to work in Taiwan where he lectured, and organised workshops and performances of British music. In 2005 he was offered a further fellowship to work and research in Shanghai (China). His current compositional interests include new approaches to timbre and tuning, his research in China revolved around Chinese culture and aesthetics, aiming towards the creation of a body of new work, the ‘Silk Dialogues’ a collection of pieces for various forces, Silk Dialogue VI was commissioned by Ensemble Antipodes (Switzerland) and premiered at ISCM Wold Music Days (2006), Silk Dialogue VI was commissioned jointly by Elision (Australia) and Stroma (NZ) and was premiered in the ABC Iwaki Auditorium in 2009. Recently his music for percussion has been recorded by Forum Music for the MUSFORUM label. In 2013 he was appointed Jack C Richards, NZSM Composer in Residence.

Source: Megaphone 2013

Selected Works

Arabesques for violin and piano  
Auxetos for string quartet  
Gu ta for 3 percussionists and optional amplification  
Musik für witwen, jungfrauen und unschuldige for chamber ensemble  
Quatro Stati d'Essere Immaginari for double bass  
Silk Dialogues V for mixed chamber octet  
The Character of Time for solo piano  

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