An award winning composer, whose works have been described as ‘evocative’ ‘obsessive’ and ‘otherworldly’ Ben Lunn is a composer who tries to draw upon his own political, spiritual, personal, and ideological worldview within his works. He has had the pleasure of working with ensembles like OeNM, Music Theatre Wales, Ensemble Synaethesis, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Soloists and he has featured in international festivals like TCML, Vale of Glamorgan, Crossroads, and Occupy the Pianos.
His music has been described as ‘Evocative’, ‘Restrained Otherwordliness’, ‘Chilling’, ‘sophisticated and most importantly obsessive’ or ‘produces…glorious roaring sounds’ and ‘desolate monotone’. He has also been referred to as a ‘Composer of life music’.
Ben Lunn is a Mackem composer who studied in Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the guidance of Peter Reynolds, as well as studying in the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre with Marius Baranauskas. Since graduating from his master’s, he now resides in Glasgow working in various elements including conducting, musicology, teaching and composing.
His work has been featured in many leading international festivals including Vale of Glamorgan, London New Wind Festival, Druskomanija, Leeds Leider+, Zilele Muzicale Aniversare, HASS FEST, Toronto Contemporary Music Lab, and Occupy the Pianos. He has had the privilege of working with leading international ensembles like N.A.M.E.S, Sofia Soloists, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Synaesthesis, Music Theatre Wales, Ligeti Quartet, OeNM, JVLMA, and Jauna Muzika.
As musicologist, his specialities focus around Baltic Music, Horaţiu Rădulescu, and Composing and Disability. He has had the honour of lecturing in some of the world’s leading academic institutions including Fordham University, Mozarteum, RWCMD, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Komitas Conservatory, and Amsterdam Conservatoire. His articles have been published in Germany, UK, US, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, and collected by the Arvo Pärt Centre. He has also delivered written work for the Music Information Centre of Lithuania and Latvia.
Currently he has been made an associate artist for Drake Music. And in October he was appointed Trainee Artistic Director of the Hebrides Ensemble.
June 2018 – Premiere of BLOC a work commissioned and workshopped in the Toronto Contemporary Music Lab
April 2018 – Premiere of T4 a work dedicated to victims of Aktion T-4 and Tory Austerity. Commissioned by Drake Music and Brighter Sound, in partnership with Help Musicians UK and London Philharmonic Orchestra
November 2017 – Premiere performance of Vinapa by JVLMA Ensemble, Premiere performance of Skygoer by ÖeNM both featured as part of Crossroads Festival 2017, Salzburg.
October 2017 – Premiere performance of Three Songs D’Amore for Flute D’amore, performed by Carla Rees, in Iklectic Lab, London.
July 2017 – Performance of ‘…of Aryadeva’ in Kintu Festivalis
May 2017 – Performance and recording of Contemplation Without… by Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and Robertas Servenikas
March 2017 – Premiere of Dances and Ballades for Piano by Diana Kacialova
November 2016 – World Premiere of In Nomine by Ensemble Synaesthesis in Salzburg
October 2016 – British Premiere of Symphony No. 6 ‘Palestine’ in the London New Wind Festival
September 2016 – Premiere of Piano Sonata No. 2
July 2016 – The World premiere of ‘For Garik’ as part of the inaugural Hearing Art Seeing Sound Festival 2016.
June 2016 – Finalist in the Vox Juventutis 2016 competition, where ‘In the Rose Apple Grove’ was premiered.
May 2016 – Three works premiered in Vienna by Duettissimo, After Basho, Delta of Venus, and The Hidden and Immobile Dance.
April 2016 – World premiere of ‘Luminous Path to Liberation’ an oratorio, premiered as part of the Sunday Music Brunch Series in AccoAkademija 2016
March 2016 – World Premiere of ‘The Gateless Gate…’ for piano quartet, by the Artro Quartet
September 2015 – Sofia International Composition Competition prize giving, premiere of ‘Sangye’ performed by Nicolai Matsov under the baton of Plamen Djouroff.
May 2015 – Vale of Glamorgan Festival, Françoise-Green Duo performance of ‘The Horror and Ecstasy of Life’
February 2015 – Workshop of Symphony No. 2 ‘Oboe’ as part of the final of the Boulogne-Billancourt composition prize
October 2014 – Premiere of ‘A Letter to a Dying Man’ performed by Adam Jondelius, Alex Stead, RWCMD Strings under the baton of Tianyi Liu.
August 2014 – St. Christopher’s Festival, Vilnius. Premiere of ‘Stravinskio Sapnas’ and premiere of ‘Asis-Taktas’
June 2014 – St. John Smith Square, Occupy the Pianos. Premiere of ‘The Horror and the Ecstasy of Life’ by Rolf Hind and Zubin Kanga.
May 2014 – Atmospheres Festival. Premiere of ‘Bhava’ performed by members of RWCMD. Subsequently the work was awarded the RWCMD Composition Prize.
Upcoming Performances and Projects
Ben Lunn currently is working towards a commission with the National Open Youth Orchestra in Bristol for a large work for flexible instrumentation to be used by musicians using assisted music technology, traditional instruments, and various notational methods like FigureNotes. He also is working on a small work for string quartet especially for the Ligeti Quartet.
Ben is also in the process of preparing for grant applications to aid the creation of a collection of works which will explore disability and the wider social impact.
Other upcoming projects include a cycle for signer and piano, a large scale piece for Charles Hazelwood and the ParaOrchestra, as well as projects with DaDa Fest.
‘…but the results, as so often with this composer, were hypnotically beautiful in their effect’
http://seenandheard-international.com/…/three-world-premie…/ – Paul Corfield Godfrey
‘Clearly, he has been moved by them, and the larger wisdom they represent, to urge his audience to greater awareness of matters spiritual, ancient and modern. The result is a work that is as heartfelt as it is thoughtful, and which signals an interesting turn to a more tonal language for its composer…..’ http://www.walesartsreview.org/atmospheres-new-music-festi…/ – Steph Powers
‘I attended six events during the day during a period of nine hours, and the major score was undoubtedly the première of Ben Lunn’s one-hour oratorio Bhava’
http://seenandheard-international.com/…/a-wide-range-of-n…/… – Paul Corfield Godfrey