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Michael Nyman 75th Birthday—Beyond The Piano

24 MAR 2019
Sun 3pm
Academic Community Hall,
Hong Kong Baptist University

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Simon Haram

Born in Liverpool in 1969, Simon studied with John Harle at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Currently he is Professor of Saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music having previously been Professor of Saxophone at the Guildhall for over 10 years and Visiting Professor of Saxophone at both the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music. He was appointed Principal Saxophone of the London Sinfonietta in 1997, and is a member of Will Gregory’s Moog Ensemble as EWI and keyboard player.

Haram has given several world premieres: Andrew Poppy's double concerto Horn, Horn, Dave Heath's Moroccan Fantasy and Tan Dun's Orchestral Theatre III: Red Forecast with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the 1996 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Another work, Dave Heath’s Dawn of a New Age was commissioned by the King’s Lynn Festival for Simon and Evelyn Glennie and was first performed in July 1999. He gave the world premiere of Waleed Howrani’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone with the English Chamber Orchestra in 2007. The London Sinfonietta have commissioned three solo works for him; The Colour of Scars, a concerto by Fraser Trainer, given its world premiere at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in May 2001, iris, by Tansy Davis premiered at the Cheltenham Music Festival in 2004, and Sapiens by Mark Bowden first performed at the Purcell Room in 2018.
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