Michael Zev Gordon
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|Michael Zev Gordon|
|Born||1963 (age 52–53)
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 and Seize the Day (2016), a Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Sound Investment 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 (2002-06-28). "Red Sea blues". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
- Rian Evans (2006-08-11). "Britten Sinfonia/Watkins (Snape Proms, Aldeburgh)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
- Michael Zev Gordon (2002-09-27). "Why we love Louis". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
- Rian Evans (2010-07-13). "Iestyn Davies & Fretwork/New London Chamber Choir (Cheltenham festival)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
- Andrew Clements (2006-01-12). "PLG Young Artists (Purcell Room, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
- Rian Evans (2009-07-14). "Cheltenham Festival Academy (Holy Apostles Church/Pump Room, Cheltenham)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
- Fiona Maddocks (1999-06-27). "Imagery dripped, time stood still and the composer's friends did a runner at the intervals". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
- Rian Evans (2002-07-09). "BBC Singers/ Cleobury (Gloucester Cathedral)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
- 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