Gareth Moorcraft is a composer and pianist from Cowbridge, South Wales. His music has been performed widely in the UK and Europe by musicians including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the CHROMA ensemble, Endymion Ensemble, and L’Association Eubage. In 2012, his work Rondo for wind trio won the British Composer Awards’ young composer competition and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He has since been awarded the Eric Coates Composition Prize, the Tŷ Cerdd National Welsh Composition Prize (both 2013), and the Theodore Holland Composition Prize (2016). Last year, Gareth also won the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize and as a result, he will compose a new chamber work for players from the Philharmonia Orchestra which will be premiered as part of their ‘Music of Today’ series in 2017. Gareth has been selected twice as a Britten-Pears Young Artist and, since 2015, he has been an associate composer with the London Symphony Orchestra’s SoundHub scheme.
Gareth’s work places emphasis on theatrical aspects of music and he has a strong interest in multimedia work, collaborating regularly with dance choreographers, film-makers and writers. In 2014, he composed a piece with dancer and choreographer Mathieu Geffré for the National Dance Company of Wales, and he is currently collaborating with the Suse Tietjen Tanzorchester in Hamburg. Gareth has also enjoyed a successful working relationship with Welsh poet Lydia White. Their song cycle I am your reflection has been toured in the UK, Norway and Switzerland, and they have recently completed a new work Songs for Swansea for the Swansea International Music Festival in 2016. This work was a site-specific collection of songs and interludes which reacted to the fascinating objects housed at Swansea Museum Collections Centre.
Gareth read music at Worcester College, University of Oxford, where he studied composition with Robert Saxton. He was later awarded an AHRC scholarship to study for an MMus degree in composition with Gary Carpenter at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Gareth is currently working on his PhD with David Sawer and Simon Bainbridge, also at the Academy. His recent studies and projects have been generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Tŷ Cerdd, and Wales Arts International.