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Camden Reeves

After completing the MMus with Philip Grange at Exeter, in 1996 Camden Reeves was appointed Composer Fellow with the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester: a fruitful two-year collaboration that resulted in several orchestral works. Further Composition Studies ensued for a PhD at the University of York with Roger Marsh and David Blake and then at the Sibelius Academy on a Finnish Government (CIMO) research scholarship with Paavo Heininen at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Reeves began teaching at the University of Manchester in 2002, where he held an AHRC Fellowship in the Creative Arts from 2004-2007. He was appointed Lecturer in Composition in September 2007.


Dr Reeves's has recently completed a research project 'Confronting the Contemporary Piano'. Through a series of new works for solo piano, piano within chamber ensembles and culminating in a piano concerto, these new compositions addressed the problem of finding new and interesting ways of writing for the piano in the light of an already extensive and overwhelming repertoire. This project involved collaboration with pianist Richard Casey (on the solo works Lucifer's Dynamo, Das Hexenklavier and Diablo Canyon, and the Piano Concerto), pianist Clive Williamson, (on the solo work Notturno dalle fiamme del'inferno), soprano Lore Lixenberg and pianist Dominic Saunders (on the song cycle Horrorlieder), and Psappha (on the latest work, Parade of the Dead, for cello and piano). A CD of the complete works for solo piano (performed by Richard Casey) was released on Campion Cameo (no. 2070) in August 2007. Reeves is currently working on a new string quartet for the University's quartet in residence, the Quatour Danel, for premiere in April 2009.

With a catalogue of works encompassing a wide range of musical mediums, Reeves has collaborated with a number of ensembles and soloists. Reeves's music first came to public attention in the early 1990's when, whilst an undergraduate at the University of Exeter, he was awarded the 1994 Royal Overseas League Composition Prize for his string trio Square Centipede, the 1994 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Prize for his chamber work CASMA and his first orchestral work Symphony on the antiphon Stela Celiwas selected for the 1995 BBC Manchester Composers' Platform (resulting in a broadcast of this work on BBC Radio 3).

The late 1990's onwards has seen the creation of a large number of works for smaller forces, including Vampire Squid from Hell (1997) for ensemble Psappha, Kraken Attack (1999) for Capricorn Ensemble, Ulyssses (1999) for Okeanos, The Kraken (2000) for Gemini ensemble and their 2000 tour of Southeast Asia, and Inventions & Fantasies (2002) for pianist Dominic Saunders and the BMIC 'Cutting Edge' Tour 2002.



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