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Thomas Simaku collaboration with internationally renowned soloist

Posted on 25 June 2020

Jérôme Comte, a soloist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, has worked with York composer Thomas Simaku on his latest composition.

Jérôme Comte was 26 when he joined the Ensemble Intercontemporain, one of the world’s most prestigious ensembles of contemporary music. He was invited to join by Pierre Boulez, whose ‘Dialogue de l’ombre double’ Jérôme performed at Louvre Auditorium, and since then ‘never stopped playing it again’.

Professor Thomas Simaku has written a number of highly virtuosic pieces for various instruments, including his BASCA-Award winning piece Soliloquy V for Recorder. The clarinet piece is his latest in the cycle, and it was written for and dedicated to Jérôme Comte.  This project culminated in a recording of Simaku’s Soliloquy VII for Solo Clarinet with Resonant Piano at Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall under the supervision of the composer and the department’s sound engineer Ben Eyes.

This new piece was completed during the composer's residency at The Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, Provence, in September 2019, supported by The Brown Foundation in Houston, USA.

Watch a video recording of the new work.