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Born in 1991 and raised in London, Michael Taplin has been actively involved in writing music from an early age and studied privately with Dai Fujikura with a grant from the Talbot House Trust. In 2009, Michael accepted a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a Scholarship where he studied with Paul Newland. Michael’s music has been performed/workshopped by groups such as the Gemini Ensemble, Exaudi, The Composers Ensemble, the Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble, the Philharmonia and the London Symphony Orchestra. Michael attended the St. Magnus Composers‘ Course in Orkney, Scotland with Sally Beamish and Alasdair Nicolson and more
recently the Britten Pears Composition Course in Aldeburgh with Oliver Knussen, Colin Matthews and Michael Gandolfi, Dartington International Summer School’s Advanced Composition Course and the “New Voices” Artist’s Programme at Royaumont Abbey with Brian Ferneyhough, Fabien Lévy and Oscar Bianchi. Michael recently completed his Masters of Composition with Distinction at the Royal College of Music in London with Jonathan Cole and Simon Holt. Michael is the recipient of the 2015 Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Composer Prize. Current projects include a new orchestral piece for the London Symphony Orchestra, commissioned through the Panufnik Scheme, and a large ensemble work for the Philharmonia Orchestra.