2015 RPS Composition Prize Winner
Commission: chamber work, Philharmonia Orchestra, Music of Today 2016
Born in 1991 and raised in London, Michael Taplin has been actively involved in writing music from an early age and studied privately with Dai Fujikura with a grant from the Talbot House Trust. In 2009, Michael accepted a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a Scholarship where he studied with Paul Newland. In 2015, Michael completed his Masters of Composition with Distinction at the Royal College of Music in London with Simon Holt. Michael's music has been performed by groups such as the Gemini Ensemble, The Composers Ensemble, the Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble, the Philharmonia, OSE! Symphonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. Michael has attended the St. Magnus Composers' Course in Orkney, Scotland with Sally Beamish and Alasdair Nicolson and more recently the Britten Pears Composition Course in Aldeburgh with Oliver Knussen, Colin Matthews and Michael Gandolfi, Dartington International Summer School's Advanced Composition Course and the "New Voices" Artist's Programme at Royaumont Abbey with Brian Ferneyhough, Fabien Levy and Oscar Bianchi.
Recent highlights include the premiere of Lambent Fires with members of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Diego Masson, in addition to Ebbing Tides (commissioned as a result of participating on the LSO Panufnik Scheme), premiered to critical acclaim with the London Symphony Orchestra and Fabien Gabel. In 2017 Lambent Fires was selected by the ISCM World Music Days to receive its international premiere. Michael is the recipient of the 2015 Royal Philharmonic Society's Young Composer Prize.
Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, Founder, Artistic and Executive Director, Chineke! Foundation; Founder, principal Double Bass, OAE: As a musician it feels vital to be part of the RPS family, and its endeavours to go-all-out for the sake of music.
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