Mark-Anthony Turnage is one of the most significant creative figures to have emerged in British music in the last three decades. Mark became Psappha’s Patron last year and we are thrilled that he has agreed to write a new work for us to mark his 60th birthday year. Mark plans to set ‘Todesfuge’, a powerful poem that captures the horror of the concentration camp by the Romanian-born poet Paul Celan. The work will be written for male voice and large ensemble.
A composer of international stature, Mark-Anthony Turnage is one of the most admired and widely-performed composers of his generation. Mark studied with Oliver Knussen and John Lambert in London and with Gunther Schuller in Tanglewood. His works skilfully blend classical and jazz idioms, modernism and tradition. Mark has composed under residencies/associations with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductors of his works include Simon Rattle, Andrew Davis, Vladimir Jurowski, Daniel Harding, Antonio Pappano, Andris Nelsons, Vassily Petrenko, Oliver Knussen and Leonard Slatkin. Mark has collaborated with jazz musicians John Scofield, Peter Erskine and Joe Lovano, soloists Håkan Hardenberger, Christian Lindberg, Christian Tetzlaff and Marc-André Hamelin, and Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta and the Nash Ensemble. Stage works include opera Anna Nicole for The Royal Opera and dance collaborations Trespass and Strapless with Christopher Wheeldon and UNDANCE with Wayne McGregor. His music is recorded on the Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics, Chandos, LPO and LSO Live labels. Mark was awarded a CBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday honours.