BIOGRAPHY

"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

"Imaginative Scoring"

- 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

Awards

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