Marco GAlvani - Composer


Marco Galvani is a composer based in London, studying with David Sawer at the Royal Academy of Music as an MMus student. He studied for three years with Emily Howard at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, and subsequently with Professor Robert Saxton at the University of Oxford. Marco's choral and instrumental works have been performed throughout UK, Europe, and North America. 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 Salisbury Cathedral Choir, The Arcadian Singers, 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. Marco’s commission Tantum Ergo was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 from the Edington Festival, and features on ‘Cloths of Heaven’, the debut album of Sansara Chamber Choir. Tantum Ergo has been published by Edition Peters, alongside Ubi Caritas, Memorare, and Eden is that old-fashioned house. Copies can be purchased here. Et Vidi Angelum was recorded by The Queen's College Chapel Choir as part of their CD, ‘A New Heaven’.

Exploring a variety of instrumental combinations, Marco has received a number of commissions for ensembles and orchestras. His work for the Oxford University String Ensemble, After the Rain, was performed in Christ Church Cathedral in 2015, and subsequent instrumental works include Unearthed, commissioned by Oxford’s Consortium Novum, as well as Pro/Contra for solo piano, composed for the pianist Matthew Schellhorn. Marco’s recent works have been performed by CHROMA, as well as a number of solo instrumentalists. In 2016 his first Chamber Opera, Rothschild's Violin, was performed by New Chamber Opera, leading David Threasher from Gramophone to describe Marco as ‘a compositional voice of genuine promise’.

While at Oxford, Marco produced scores for a number of 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 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, and The Newman Consort. Marco has also worked with a number of ensembles as a conductor, and was president of the Oxford-based Eglesfield Music Society from 2014/15. Marco is currently working on a number of collaborations which will be performed throughout the coming year.