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Ian Dickson

Ian Dickson

PhD student


Ian studied music at King’s College, London, where he received a BMus and was awarded the Purcell Prize for academic achievement. He then undertook postgraduate study in Composition at the University of York, where he was awarded an MA and PhD, the latter supervised by Professor Roger Marsh and with the support of the AHRB. He attended the composition courses at Apeldoorn and Royaumont, directed by Louis Andriessen and Brian Ferneyhough, and his student pieces were short-listed three years consecutively by the Society for the Promotion of New Music. He is now studying for a PhD in Musicology under the supervision of Professor Nicholas Cook. His research investigates the ideological functions of sonority in twentieth-century music aesthetics, from Varèse to spectral and post-spectral composers. The articles that he has already written in relation to this topic, published in Twentieth-Century Music and Music Analysis, focus on the Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi. He has presented papers at the Cardiff University Music Analysis Conference 2008 and the European Music Analysis Conference 2011. His compositions have been performed by, among others, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (also broadcast on Radio 3), the Montreal-based Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble and the pianists Satoko Inoue and Rika Zayasu. As a pianist he has premiered several works by other young composers.


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