Michael Cutting is a composer currently active in both London and Manchester. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Gary Carpenter, Adam Gorb and David Horne, completing his Masters with Distinction and the Soroptomist Award in 2011. Michael is now working towards a PhD at Kings College London, supervised by George Benjamin. He also attended Dartington Summer School 2012 and Royaumont Voix Nouvelles Composition Course 2013, studying with Brian Ferneyhough, Oscar Bianchi and Fabien Lévy.
Michael has worked closely with such groups as Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble, Endymion Ensemble, Manchester Camerata, Composers Ensemble, Lontano, Lancashire Sinfonietta, BBC Singers and RNCM Symphony Orchestra, as well as curators such as Park Lane Group and Nonclassical. His music has been performed all over the UK and in Europe, in venues such as Cadogan Hall, Purcell Room, The Anvil (Basingstoke), Royaumont Abbey, Dartington Hall, Zurich Hochschule, The Forge (Camden), Limewharf and RNCM Concert Hall.
Michael has been awarded numerous young composer awards, including the BBC Proms Young Composition Competition (2006), the Christopher Brooks Memorial Prize (2008), Sound and Music's Francis Chagrin Award (2013). Most recently he was the recipient of an RPS Composition Prize, commissioning him to write a new work for players from the Philharmonia Orchestra, mentored by Unsuk Chin. The new work will be performed in April 2014 in the Royal Festival Hall.
Other future projects include a new work for Sarah Nicolls and Sound Intermedia for HCMF 2014, a new work for Ensemble Intercontemporain and Exaudi as part of ManiFeste Academy 2014, and a commission for the London Symphony Orchestra as a participant of the LSO Panufnik Scheme.
In January 2012, Michael co-founded ACM Ensemble along with fellow composer Vitalija Glovackyte. ACM is a contemporary group based in Manchester primarily focused on bringing recent international masterpieces to the UK. The ensemble consists of highly talented current and recently graduated students of RNCM, all of whom are forging significant international careers in their own right. With their shared interest in performing and developing their knowledge of the contemporary repertoire, the ensemble is gaining a reputation for its ambition and highly-quality programming.
In its short history, ACM ensemble has already worked closely with such influential composers as Hans Abrahamsen (on his work Schnee) and Simon Steen-Andersen (Amid and re-rendered), as well as inviting international performers such as the Swedish recorder player Anna Petrini. Recently, the ensemble was awarded an MBF Emerging Excellence Award to establish a close working relationship with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's Ensemble 10/10. As well as a performance in Manchester's New Music North West Festival in October, ACM is also preparing for its Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival debut, performing Morton Feldman's Viola in My Life series as a HCMF Short in November 2013.
ACM Ensemble is also committed to supporting young composers and has so far commissioned works by five emerging composers. In its next concert, ACM has asked eight composers with links to the RNCM to collaborate on two large pieces, which will be performed as part of the New Music North West Festival in RNCM.
As director of ACM Ensemble, Michael has gained considerable knowledge and experience in curating, a field in which he hopes to work in more over time. He has recently been accepted onto Sound and Music's Danish-UK Composer-Curator programme, meaning that he will collaborate with three other composer-curators (Joe Snape, Sandra Boss and Soren Kjaergaard) to create a programme that will be presented in Cafe Oto, London, and a similar venue in Aarhus, Denmark, in Spring 2014.
Future plans include a festival of contemporary music in Manchester and establishing working relationships with artists of other disciplines in the city to create innovative multi-medium programmes.
As part of ManiFeste Academy 2014, I will write a new work for Ensemble Intercontemporain and two singers from Exaudi. The performance will be given at the end of a week-long course in Paris, conducted by Matthias Pintscher.
As part of Sound and Music's Higher Education Scheme, I will be writing a new work for 'Inside-out' piano, percussion and electronics, working with Sarah Nicolls and Sound Intermedia. The new work will be performed during HCMF 2014 and released on the NMC record label.
A Commission through the LSO Panufnik Scheme, this new work will be performed alongside 5 other new works in a public workshop.
Performed by Robbie Gardiner, and ACM Ensemble as part of the OHNO weekend in Cafe OTO, curated by Joe Snape, Sandra Boss, Soren Kjaergaard and myself.
Written in collaboration with clarinetist Robbie Gardiner and the Zurich Hochschule's ICST institute, this work for the newly created SABRe bass clarinet was premiered by Robbie in the University, with further performances in Paris, London and Manchester.
A collaborative project between 8 composers, performed by ACM Ensemble, as part of the New Music North West Festival 2013.
Lontano Ensemble, directed by Odaline de la Martinez.
Kings College London.
Composers Ensemble, directed by Jack Symonds.
Dartington Hall, as part of the Dartington Summer School Advanced Composition Course 2012.
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