Michael Zev Gordon
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|Michael Zev Gordon|
|Born||1963 (age 54–55)
London, England, United Kingdom
Michael Zev Gordon (born 1963, London) is a British composer, of Jewish ancestry.
A past oboe player, Gordon studied composition at King's College, Cambridge with Robin Holloway, and subsequently with Oliver Knussen and John Woolrich, and in Italy with Franco Donatoni. He was a composition pupil of Louis Andriessen from 1989 to 1990.His work has often involved a deep engagement with the subject of memory, with the use of quotation of, or allusion to, other music, sometimes explicit, sometimes more buried. He has himself also spoken of his work in terms of 'turbulence seeking serenity'. Stylistically, this could be seen in the relationship between tonal and more dissonant materials in his music.
Key works include the oboe concerto The Fabric of Dreams (2006), premiered by Nicholas Daniel and the Britten Sinfonia, The Impermanence of Things for piano, ensemble and electronics (2009), a London Sinfonietta commission, Allele for 40 voices (2010), a project involving the science of genetics, Bohortha for large orchestra (2012), a BBC Symphony Orchestra commission, Seize the Day (2016), a Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Sound Investment commission, and his Violin Concerto (2017), a BBC Symphony Orchestra commission.
Gordon was the recipient of the Prix Italia 2004 for his composition for radio A Pebble in the Pond, and two British Composer Awards, for Allele and for This Night for choir and solo cello (2009), a commission for the choir of King's College, Cambridge. He has taught at the universities of Durham, Southampton and at the Royal College of Music. Since 2012 he has been Professor of Composition at the University of Birmingham. His music is published principally by Cadenza Music.
- Michael Zev Gordon (28 June 2002). "Red Sea blues". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
- Rian Evans (11 August 2006). "Britten Sinfonia/Watkins (Snape Proms, Aldeburgh)". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
- Michael Zev Gordon (27 September 2002). "Why we love Louis". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
- Rian Evans (13 July 2010). "Iestyn Davies & Fretwork/New London Chamber Choir (Cheltenham festival)". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
- Andrew Clements (12 January 2006). "PLG Young Artists (Purcell Room, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
- Rian Evans (14 July 2009). "Cheltenham Festival Academy (Holy Apostles Church/Pump Room, Cheltenham)". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
- Fiona Maddocks (27 June 1999). "Imagery dripped, time stood still and the composer's friends did a runner at the intervals". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
- Rian Evans (9 July 2002). "BBC Singers/ Cleobury (Gloucester Cathedral)". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
- Drakeford, Richard (January 1996). "Oxo Kids". The Musical Times. 137 (1835): 41–43. JSTOR 1003390.
- SoundCloud page with recordings of Gordon's compositions
- NMC Recordings biography of Gordon
- BCMG commission