Dr Oliver Thurley, composer and teaching fellow in the School of Music, has been awarded one of the most prestigious prizes in new music, as part of the 2018 Darmstadt Summer Courses.
Thurleys work is concerned with quietness and fragility, temporal disorientation and timbral instability, as well as computational/algorithmic procedure. His music impressed the jury through its sophistication, consistency, and individuality.
In two compositions premiered during the festivalo horizon, gloa on the forest floor for harp, performed by Rahel Schweizer, and polynya, or ever less for electric guitar, given two performances, one by Nate Chivers and the other by Thilo Ruckthe jury suggested compositional restraint becomes radical.
Dr Oliver Thurley was awarded a PhD by the University of Leeds in 2016.