Christian Mason

Christian Mason - Noctilucence
British composer Christian Mason (born 1984) is enjoying a prolific career with an array of forthcoming commissions from prestigious institutions. This includes a 10’ work for symphony orchestra for the Radio-France programme, Alla Breve and a piece for large ensemble to be premiered and recorded by Klangforum Wien and subsequently given a second performance by the Tokyo Sinfonietta in Tokyo – all for 2015. In addition, the recently completed Somewhere Between Us... for amplified vocal quartet and Paetzold contrabass recorder will be given its world premiere at LOD, Ghent by Vocaallab and Eva Reiter, in December 2014.

Recent years also saw the premieres of Isolarion: Rituals of Resonance, composed as part of his residency at the Lucerne Festival Academy under the guidance of Pierre Boulez in September 2013; The Years of Light, for two sopranos and ensemble, for the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music (Artistic Director: Pierre-Laurent Aimard) in August 2013; Unseen Seasons for choir, performed by Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus at the Shizuoka Concert Hall in February 2014; and Reunion, one of the three operas forming Triptych for the London-based opera company, Opera Erratica, presented in London in June 2014.

Further new works include the recently revised Equinoxes of the Infinite, for two pianos and two percussion, performed as part of the Venice Biennale 2013, Remembered Resonance for solo piano with Japanese wind chimes, premiered in London by Joseph Houston, and Learning Self-Modulation, a commission of the Auditorium du Louvre, Paris; Wigmore Hall, London and the CDMC, Madrid, for which he received the 2012 British Composer Award in the solo/duo category.

Over the years, Christian’s music has been performed by prestigious musicians and ensembles such as Midori, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Carolin Widmann, Gergely Mardaras, Elgar Howarth, Francois-Xavier Roth, Baldur Bronnimann, James MacMillan, Pavel Kotla, Stilian Kirov, Ligeti Quartet, Elysian Quartet, London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, London Symphony Orchestra, and BBC Philharmonic. His music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, France Musique, Swiss SRF 2 Kultur and RTS Espaces 2; and released on CD by the London Sinfonietta Label (In Time Entwined, In Space Enlaced) and LSO Live (From Bursting Suns Escaping).

Other collaborations, with artists, choreographers and theatre directors, include works such as Songs for the Last Slam Door Train with Barbara Keal, the Transforme project at Royaumont and music for Peter Gill’s productions of his own Another Door Closed (Bath), David Hare’s The Breath of Life (Sheffield) and Robert Holman's Making Noise Quietly (London).

Christian Mason has been appointed as “Composer in Residence” at the prestigious Eton College. He also works as Composition Assistant to Sir Harrison Birtwistle, and Composition Support Tutor for the LSO Panufnik Young Composers Project. 

Christian completed a Ph.D at King's College London with George Benjamin in 2012, following which he was awarded the 2012 Mendelssohn Scholarship to study with Frank Denyer. He previously read music at the University of York and has studied composition with Sinan Savaskan, Nicola LeFanu, Thomas Simaku and Julian Anderson. He has also participated in summer courses such as the Stockhausen Courses, Dartington, Royaumont Voix Nouvelles, Acanthes, Festival d'Aix en Provence and Darmstadt, as well as being a resident composer at Takefu International Festival, Japan in 2008.

He is a founding Artistic Director of the Octandre Ensemble, who promote contemporary music with regular performances across the UK. In 2012 the ensemble received a grant from ‘Diaphonique’ to host the first Anglo-French Composers’ Forum at LSO St Luke’s, London.

July 2014