Marco Galvani is a composer based in Oxford, studying with Professor Robert Saxton. He studied for three years with Emily Howard at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, while part of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain as a composer. Marco's main compositional influences are Feldman, Pärt, Tavener, Adès and Lachenmann. He is particularly interested in experimenting with subtle instrumental and vocal timbres and presenting them in different contexts for the listener.
Marco is currently an associate composer with Sansara Chamber Choir, and his choral compositions have been commissioned by The Queen's College Chapel Choir, Oxford, The Choir of Mary Magdalen Church, Oxford, and the Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy. In 2015, Marco received the Schellhorn Prize for Contemporary Choral Composition for his piece Ecce Quam Bonum, and his commission Tantum Ergo was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 from the Edington Festival. More recently, Marco's commission Et Vidi Angelum was recorded by The Queen's College Chapel Choir as part of their CD of music on the theme of Revelation, and in 2016 the latest of Marco's commissions for Sansara Chamber Choir will be recorded by the choir on their debut CD on Convivium Records. In early 2016 his latest choral composition Gethsemane will be workshopped by the BBC Singers. Marco's choral works have been performed throughout the UK, Europe, and North America.
Exploring a variety of instrumental combinations, Marco has received a number of commissions for ensembles and orchestras. While a composer with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Marco's instrumental compositions were performed at Sage, Gateshead, Tate Modern, and Royal Festival Hall in London. His commission for the Oxford University String Ensemble, After the Rain, was performed in Christ Church Cathedral. In 2016 his first Chamber Opera, Rothschild's Violin was performed by New College Opera, receiving a review from David Threasher from Gramophone which can be found here. Marco's recent commission Pro/Contra for solo piano followed on from his success in the Schellhorn Prize for Composition in 2015.
While at Oxford, Marco has worked on a number of different dramatic productions, including Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, Conjure, Let Your Hair Down, and As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams; a dramatic adaptation of the diaries of Lady Sarashina from 11th Century Japan. Marco's wrote a score for the 2012 short film The Two Butterflies, which received an award at the Wirral Film Festival.
As a singer, Marco has performed with The Queen's College Chapel Choir, Sansara, Ensemble 45, The Newman Consort. Marco has also worked with a number of ensembles as a conductor, and was president of the Eglesfield Music Society from 2014/15, which is based in Oxford. Marco will be studying at as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music from September 2016, and is currently working on a number of collaborations which will be performed throughout the coming year.