"Spagnolo’s music both stimulates and satisfies the ear, at once modern, eerie and undeniably beautiful"
- Charlotte Valori, ***** Operissima Whispers,
"a notable success that will repay repeated listening and deserve further outing"
- Tim Hochstrasser, **** Plays to See
"the layers of orchestration are at times really moving"
- Eleanor MacFarlane, ***** The Upcoming
- Yeruda Saphiro, **** The Stage
"a confident approach to the tricky task of structuring an hour-long work for a solo singer, as well as creating a striking and remarkably evocative score"
- Planet Hugill, on Faust, Alberta
"an outstanding composer and skilled orchestrator that has a full command of the symphony orchestra"
- David Benoit, composer and AASO conductor
"lush and flowing music, with edges both of wildness and of formalism"
- audiece reivew, Tasting Rhubarb
Star Award, London College of Music: nomination for Lecturer of the Year
2019 - London, UK
Made a Difference Award, ARU: nomination for Outstanding Tutor
2018 - Cambridge, UK
ARU Arts Council: award for new music-theatre production
2017 - Cambridge, UK
Hinrichsen Foundation: award for new opera production
2014 - London, UK
Recital Music Composition Competition: Highly Commended with Honours
2011 - Templecombe, Somerset UK
Artist-in-Residence at USF Verftet
February/March 2011 - Bergen, Norway
Philip Bates Composition Prize: First Prize
2009 - Birmingham, UK
Asia America Symphony Orchestra Prize: First Prize
2009 - Los Angeles, USA
Nomination for 'Limelight Films and Arts Award'
2009 - London, UK
Il Circolo Association Award
2009 - London, UK
David Turton Prize for Music Composition: Winner
2008 - Middlesex University, London, UK
Asia America Symphony Orchestra Prize: Second Prize
2008 - Los Angeles USA
Composer-in-Residence at Anteros Art Centre
2008 - Norwich, UK
Asia America Symphony Orchestra Prize: First Prize from outside US
2006 - Los Angeles, USA
Emanuele Gianturco National Jazz Prize: First Prize
2001 - Potenza, Italy
Simone Spagnolo’s music has been performed in internationally known venues and festivals such as London's Royal Festival Hall, St.Martin-in-the-Fields, Blackheath Halls, ENO's foyer, Riverside Studios, Tete-a-Tete Festival, Opera in the City Festival, Mumford Theatre, Italian Cultural Institute London, Birmingham Conservatoire, Stanford University, Los Angeles’ Aratani Theatre, Brno’s Janacek Academy, Budapest’s Liszt Academy, Zaragoza’s Conservatorio Superiore, Chongqing University, Hong Kong’s Yuen Long Theatre, Italy’s CEF Festival and Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Film Festival, among others.
Having composed music for concerts, theatre, opera, ballet, film and multimedia, Simone has received commissioned from institutions and companies such as Trinity Laban Conservatoire, ChinaWest Productions, Opera Viscera, Gray Lady Productions, WOH Productions, Fabergé LTD, Lost Picture Production and Dance Ahead. Other artists he has collaborated with include conductors Diego Garcia Rodriguez and Michael Young, musicians Rivka Golani and Gabriele Baldocci, playwrights Peter Cant and Roberto Cavosi, directors Luc Mollinger and Ben Samuels, actors Sasha Waddell and Marco Gambino, choreographers Zoe Gadd and Adam Russell, photographers Valery Katsuba and Mirko de Nicolo', and creative technologist Michele Panegrossi.
Simone has received numerous awards, including the Asia America Symphony Orchestra Composition Prize and Philip Bates Prize, and in 2011 he has been appointed as artist-in-residence at Bergen's USF Verftet, Norway.
Having gained a Ph.D. in composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Simone currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer at the London College of Music, where he is Course Leader for Composition and Musical Theatre. Previously he lectured at Anglia Ruskin University and University of Cumbria, and has guest-lectured at institutions such as the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, University of York and The Purcell School. Also, he is artistic director of The Music Theatre Hub.
Simone’s discography includes four albums, available on iTunes and all major online music stores. Listen and Buy