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Adam Melvin

Born in Bury, Manchester in 1977, Adam Melvin studied music at the Queens University of Belfast where he specialised in composition, under Piers Hellawell and performance (saxophone).

After graduating top of his year, he won a Countess of Munster scholarship to study composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London in 2000 where he completed a Masters, with distinction, under the tutorship of Malcolm Singer, winning the Tracey Chadwell prize for composition for voice for his song cycle, Iathghlas.

In 2001, he was commissioned by Teatro Lyrico Sperimentale, to co-compose a movement for Luciano Berio’s The Art of Fugue project, receiving premieres in Spoleto, Italy, Lyon, London and The Hague.

Since then, he has received numerous performances throughout the UK, Europe and beyond, including performances by the Composers Ensemble, Psappha, Carla Rees, RAM Manson Ensemble at the Purcell Room’s Park Lane Group series and the New Juilliard Ensemble at the Juilliard School, New York. Commissioned pieces include his string quartet, Stop Motion / Fusing Debris for the Artea Quartet, at the Music Past and Present series, in London’s Jackson’s Lane, 2005 and, more recently, 3 Glimpses for the vocal trio, Juice, performed at Cargo, London in June 2006.

A great deal of his recent work has involved collaborations with the visual arts and site-specific work.

These include astill for video and small ensemble, with Christoph Stolberg, a featured piece of the Almeida's On Growth and Form project in summer 2003, the critically acclaimed 4/4, a project involving four video artists and live musicians commissioned by the and Scottish Arts Council and Mackintosh Gallery, Glasgow in December 2003 and Speak for voice, saxophone, electronics and video, with his brother, Mark Melvin, premiered at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre's BLUE2 series in 2004 by Olivia Chaney and Carl Raven.

In 2003, he was part of a group of composers invited to write site-specific pieces for Die Glaserne Manufaktur, Dresden. He has also worked with animation; his piece U4EA, with animator, Mary Murphy, was screened at the Watershed Cinema, Bristol, last year and features on

Besides composing, Adam has also gained success as a saxophonist. He has performed regularly with drummer Steven Davis and bassist, Dave Kane as Quarks Ensemble performing at the Belfast Sonorities and Moving On festivals. He has premiered works at recitals within the UK and at the South American Computer Music Festival, Rio de Janeiro and performed with Heiner Goebbels’ Sound City project at the Almeida Theatre in 2001. He also works extensively as a workshop leader and animateur and has led composition and improvisation workshops in special needs schools, youth clubs, community groups and prisons with Live Music Now, Wigmore Hall and with the Yehudi Menuhin School where he is currently a visiting project leader.

Based in London, he is a tutor of composition and music studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was the Manson Fellow in composition at the Royal Academy of Music London (2005/6) where he is completing a PhD under Simon Bainbridge, entitled Composing an Installation: Visual and Spatial processes in musical composition. He is a shortlisted composer for SPNM and has recently received commissions from the Eimer Piano Trio for the Cheltenham festival, the London Jazz Festival, the WASTE festival in the Czech Republic and a joint project with the London Mozart Players and the Yehudi Menuhin School, all to take place in 2007.

For City Showcase 2007 Adam composed a saxophonist a piece for Amy Dickson.

Biog as for City Showcase 2007

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