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Nirmali Fenn : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Through a glass darkly (trios: clarinet, trumpet, accordion) by Nirmali Fenn, from the CD clash of icicles

Photo of Nirmali Fenn

Photo: Artur Tixiliski

Artist website: http://www.nirmalifenn.com

Beginning her life in an orphanage in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, Nirmali Fenn was raised and educated both in Australia (Universities of New South Wales and Melbourne) and the UK (Oxford University). She has received prizes for her music at the 26th Concorso Internazionale di Composizione in Turin and was a finalist for the 2013 APRA Awards.

Her compositions have impressed many of the world's leading ensembles specialising in contemporary music, including the Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Cairn, Ensemble Linea, Kuss Quartet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tin Alley String Quartet, Sounds Underground, Endymion Ensemble and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.

Collaboration with performers has been a very important aspect of her writing, and she has been a composer in residence for the Saxophone Habanera Festival in Poitiers, France, and the Lake District Summer Music Festival, UK. Other important collaborations have been in modern dance with the City Contemporary Dance Company, the foremost dance company in Hong Kong, and the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, China. Her collaboration with Asia's most eminent choreographer Pun Siu Fai has toured Singapore, Japan and China, also opening the 9th Guangdong Dance Festival in Guangzhou China.

Nirmali is currently working at New York University and, previous to this, she was a visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong. Her music is published by Edition HH.

Nirmali Fenn — current to April 2014

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample An interior monologue : for solo viola (2013) Commissioned by Ulrich von Wrochem
The clash of icicles against the stars (trios: keyboard, woodwind) (2012) Commissioned by Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Guangdong Modern Dance Company.
Winged links : for string quartet (2009) Commissioned by the Lakes District Summer Music Festival, Granada Foundation
Through a glass darkly (trios: clarinet, trumpet, accordion) (2008) IMR Project, Royal Academy of Music
Digital sheet music sample Unifying divisions : for 17 saxophones (2008) Commissioned for the Saxophone Academy Habanera, Poitiers, France