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Biography

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 DPhil 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 today’s 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 V 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.

Jeroen’s music for percussion, including his Percussion Concerto (2012), was recorded in 2014 by Forum Music for the MUSFORUM label. In 2013 he was appointed Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, as well as Orchestra Wellington Composer-in-Residence. Recent premières include Jung’s Shadow and Shadow Aspect by Séverine Ballon and Mark Knoop (2014), Entropy for organ performed by the composer (2014), and Eratosthene’s Sieve performed by Stroma (2015). 2016 saw premières of Serendipity Fields by NZTrio and Xia Jing, and Molto Intimo by Elision.

Source: Megaphone 2013. Updated by SOUNZ, April 2017.

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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