Biography

Simon Bennison is a contemporary composer using conventional techniques, graphic scores, collage, soundscapes and electronics. Originally from Manchester and now based in Surrey and London.

Pieces to date include Warnings for solo violin, a finalist in The Engine Room International Sound Art Competition, the cello solo Powerpoint for London Sinfonietta, Fences was commissioned by VIPA in Valencia for piano and percussion, Currents 1 and Road Map have been soundscape collaborations with Nonclassical and Estate is a recent violin solo for Darragh Morgan and CoMA.

Matinal for classical guitar was premiered in Athens by Thodoris Theodoroudis. Lines for solo violin was developed with Lola de la Mata. Atrial was used in a masterclass by Mieko Kanno.

In concert pieces have been performed by Anna d'Errico & Juanjo Llopico, Peter Gregson, Aisha Orazbayeva, Rebecca Lenton, Sophie Harris, Ben Copeman, Jack Rowe and Matthew Lee Knowles.


Introduction

Interested in all composing opportunities and proposals for installations, sound art and cross-media projects. He founded the collective Unfixed to promote new writing and concert projects.



Training

He completed a MMus from the University of Surrey studying with Tom Armstrong, Milton Mermikides and Stephen Goss. With supplementary study from Michael Finnissey, Matthew Lee Knowles, Tansy Davies, Jorge Grossmann, Stefano Gervasoni, Lei Liang and Kate Carr.

He also studied music and sound production at Salford University mentored by Bill Leader (Transatlantic/Topic Records) and as a classical guitarist has studied with Gerard Cousins in London, and Maximo Diego Pujol at West Dean College.

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