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Jeroen Speak



Jeroen Speak studied composition at Victoria University before moving to the UK to study with Michael Finnissy and Jonathan Harvey at the University of Sussex, where he completed his Ph.D. The recipient of numerous national and international awards, Including the Irino prize, and the Yoshiro Irino Memorial Prize, Speak has been featured and commissioned by many International Festivals, including the Huddersfield Festival, ISCM festival, Gaudeamus, London Ear Festival, Inside Out Festival, Borealis Festival, and the ACL Festival.

He has worked extensively in Taiwan and China where he has researched, lectured, and organised workshops and performances of contemporary music, he has been been Composer in Residence for Visiting Arts (UK/China) and Artist Links (UK/Taiwan) supported by the British Council as well as composer in residence at the New Zealand School of Music and the Nelson School of Music. Jeroen has developed close working relationships with many of the worlds most renowned contemporary exponents, including: Nicolas Hodges (Germany), Mark Knoop (UK), Séverine Ballon (France), Lontano (UK), Richard Haynes and Ensemble Antipodes (Switzerland), Arne deForce (Belgium), Elision (Australia), Stroma (NZ), The Fidelio Trio (UK), the NZ Trio and Forum Music (Taiwan).

His current interests include developing new intercultural communication projects between Eastern and western ensembles which is part of an ongoing collaborative project: SILK DIALOGUES. His other interests have recently extended to pedagogical works, including two volumes of works for pedal and lever harp, premiered at the 2018 Edinburgh International Harp Festival, and a volume of easy piano duets for teacher and pupil (premiered in NZ by Stephen De Pledge at the China-New Zealand Arts Festival 2021).

Composed (34)


for violin and piano, 8m


for string quartet, 10m


for piano


for piano, 1m 30s

Entropy (version 1)

for solo organ


for E flat clarinet, 10m


for bass clarinet, 10m

Eratosthenes' Sieve

for mixed chamber septet


for violin and piano

Event Horizon

for marimba, percussion and piano, 9m 54s

Gu ta

for 3 percussionists and optional amplification, 12m

Jung's Shadow

for cello and piano

Lingua e realidade

for piano trio

Molto Intimo

for clarinet, trumpet and trombone, 12m

Night Journey

for piano (four hands)

Nocturne 3

for piano, 6m

Percussion Concerto

for three percussionists and one pianist, 18m

Quatro Stati d'Essere Immaginari

for double bass, 6m

Serendipity Fields

for violin, cello, piano and guzheng

Shadow Aspect

for solo piano, 7m

Silk Dialogue (VI)

for flute, clarinet (solo), violin I, violin II, viola, cello

Silk Dialogue V

for mixed chamber octet, 15m

Sleeping on the Train

for piano (four hands)

Sonata (Jung's Shadow Version 1)

for cello and piano

Tarantelle II

for solo cello

The Architecture of Time

for piano and percussion, 7m 30s

The Centipede's New Shoes

for piano (four hands)

The Character of Time

for solo piano, 15m

The Haunted House on the Hill

for piano (four hands)

Troll Dance

for piano (four hands)