Coreen Morsink: biography and music

Biography

Coreen Morsink (b.1971) is a Canadian/Greek composer focusing on music springing from ancient Greek sources as well as unusual tuning systems. Her pieces use compositional techniques which combine old and new with exploration into microtonality, multiphonics and extended techniques. Her compositions have been performed by  Quarter-tone alto flautist Carla Rees, alto flautists Karin de Fleyt and Chenoa Anderson, the 432 Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ivan Yanakiev, Sarah Watts, the Allegri String Quartet, violinist Mizuka Yamamoto, organist Keven Komisaruk (amongst others) in the UK, Canada, USA, Greece, Bulgaria and Belgium. Her composition for solo cello Conversations with a Rose was a finalist in the Sorodha Composition Competition in Belgium (2014) and premiered by Sigrid Vandenbogaerde as well as her string quartet Stolen Glimpses of Eternity a finalist in the Golden Hornet Smackdown V string quartet competition (2019) played by the invoke string quartet in Austin, Texas. In February 2020, her violin and piano duo called 12:8 won first prize in the professional composer category for Il Volo di Pegaso (The Flight of Pegasus) competition, in support of Rare Disease Day, in Rome, Italy. Her recent work (summer 2020) is a collaboration with violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved on a piece called the Lockdown Sketches.  Her work Timbral Winds for Quarter-tone alto flute and alto flute played by Carla Rees and Karin de Fleyt was featured on the BBC Radio 3 New Music Show, July 4th, 2020 and her work Song of the Polar Bear was played in the live event Feed the Beast as part of the Festival of the Mind, University of Sheffield, in September 2020 by Contrabass Clarinettist Sarah Watts.

Her String Quartet No. 2, Time’s Doorway will be played by the Ligeti String Quartet as part of their Workout! Sessions in November-December 2020.  https://ligetiquartet.com/workout/sessions/coreen-morsink-times-doorway  and https://ligetiquartet.com/workout

Coreen has presented papers on the subject of Ancient Greek music and presented her music at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Oxford. She is the founder and co-ordinator of the Athens Composer/Performance Conference series (in collaboration with Goldsmiths University of London), which unites practice-led PhD students to present their work in Athens, Greece.

Coreen is currently music teacher at St. Catherine’s British School in Athens, Greece and has also been a lecturer of music at undergraduate and Master’s degree level at the University of Indianapolis, Athens Campus. She is an examiner of music performance for the International Baccalaureate programme.

Coreen has an ARCT in piano performance (Margaret Parsons-Poole tutor) and a BMus in piano performance from McGill (Marina Mdivani tutor), MMus in piano performance (Dame Fanny Waterman and Benjamin Frith tutors) from Leeds University, MA in composition from the University of Indianapolis and has a PhD in composition (Roger Redgate tutor) from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Links:

Soundcloud
Facebook page
Youtube channel
Twitter
Tetractys Publishing
Golden Hornet composer page

Scores as part of the UCLA escholarship music library

12:8 for violin and piano

Conversations with a Rose for solo Cello

Stolen Glimpses of Eternity for string quartet (5 minute version)

Her PhD thesis The Composition of New Music Inspired by Music Philosophy and Musical Theoretical Writings from Ancient Greece (Goldsmiths, University of London) is on-line with downloads of compositions and recordings at http://eprints.gold.ac.uk/9149/.

Her compositions for Alto Flute, Quarter-tone alto flute, Flute ensemble and Wind ensembles are published through Tetractys Publishing. Coreen Morsink page tetractys publishing

The Lockdown Sketches collaboration with Peter Sheppard Skaerved initial workshop recording can be heard here: Lockdown Sketches and the collaboration page Peter Sheppard Skaerved collaboration

New Music Show on BBC Radio 3: Carla Rees and Karin de Fleyt playing Timbral Winds for quarter-tone alto flute and alto flute from the Cafe Oto concert in London, December 2019. A repeat of the show is available here until the end of July. New Music Show BBC Radio 3

The Agreekment Symphony for Strings by Coreen Morsink played by the 432 Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ivan Yanakiev

leeds-2017

Published Compositions

There was a Time for flute ensemble. Published by Tetractys Publishing, editor, Carla Rees score

rarescale Flute Academy performance

Play Songs for quarter-tone alto flute, cor anglais and bass clarinet. Published by Tetractys Publishing, editor, Carla Rees score

performance by the rarescale trio

Andromache’s Recitativo, Aria and Subtext for solo alto flute.  Published by Tetractys Publishing, editor, Carla Rees  score   Performance by Carla Rees

Featured Composer in:  Fowl Pox Press (journal) January 2013 edition: Publication of 12-1 Preludes for Prepared Piano by Coreen Morsink Performance by Coreen Morsink

Premieres and Concerts featuring compositions by Coreen Morsink

September 19, 2020, World Premiere, Song of the Polar Bear for contrabass clarinet as part of Feed the Beast Live Event in the Festival of the MInd, University Sheffield, UK. Sarah Watts, contrabass clarinet presents new works which highlight endangered species along with visuals by Peter and Paul, Sheffield and voiceovers by John Iles.

https://festivalofthemind.sheffield.ac.uk/2020/spiegeltent/feed-the-beast-live/?fbclid=IwAR31YQcaCtvCLuHbH8yb81fG0U131mHR0lDlCErWX6im_lRSJRYXvXYCDXg

July 4, 2020 BBC Radio 3 New Music Show, Music in Eight Parts, hosted by Kate Molleson.  Timbral Winds for quarter-tone alto flute and alto flute premiered by Carla Rees and Karin de Fleyt

December 14, 2019, Timbral Winds for quarter-tone alto flute and alto flute premiered by Carla Rees and Karin de Fleyt, Café Oto, London, UK Timbral Winds recording of premiere

December 2018: Song of the Polar Bear played by Sarah Watts, contrabass clarinet Song of the Polar Bear

March 21, 2018, Chenoa Anderson, Andromache for alto flute as part of the Now Here This Festival of New Music, Holy Trinity Church, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

November 8, 2017, Andromache for quarter-tone alto flute, played by Carla Rees, Greek Premiere. Radar Theatre, Athens, Greece

July 13, 2017, Symphony No. 1 for String Orchestra, the “Agreekment”.  World Premiere by the 432 Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ivan Yanakiev, Sofia, Bulgaria.

June 10, 2017, Andromache for Alto Flute, World Premiere, played by Chenoa Anderson, alto flute in a concert of new flute music at Mile Zero Dance, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada hosted by Edmonton Flute Events.

May 28, 2017, There was a Time for flute ensemble, rarescale Flute Academy, London UK.  UK premiere.

February 4, 2017, There was a Time for flute ensemble. World Premiere by the rarescale Flute Academy, Athens, Greece.

June 21, 2016, Four Songs for Chorus: 1) Help us Gods! 2) Alas 3) The Wonder of Man 4) Love Unbeaten (texts by Sophocles  translated to modern Greek) as part of The Theban Plays directed by Elias Malandris, Athens Greece

May 11, 2016, Play Songs played by the rarescale trio (Carla Rees Quarter-tone alto flute, Paul Goodey cor anglais and Sarah Watts bass clarinet) at The Forge, London, UK https://uk.patronbase.com/_Forge/Productions/SM/Performances

April 15, 2016, …catharsis… for organ played by Kevin Komisaruk at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, USA as part of the American Guild of Organists Recital Series. http://www.indyago.org/meetings.aspx\

March 8, 2015, Andromache’s Recitativo, Aria and Subtext (solo quarter-tone alto flute, also a version for alto flute) Performance at the Bangor New Music Festival, North Wales, 2015 Carla Rees.

Competitions

February 24, 2020, First Prize winner for Il Volo di Pѐgaso (The Flight of Pegasus) in the professional composer category. Composition- 12:8 for violin and piano. Rome, Italy. Il Volo di Pegaso

February 23, 2019, finalist in the Golden Hornet Smackdown V string quartet competition, Austin, Texas. Stolen Glimpses of Eternity recording by Invoke string quartet

March 22, 2014 Conversations with a Rose for solo cello.  Finalist in Sorodha Cello composition Competition, Antwerp, Belgium.  Premiered by Sigrid Vandenbogaerde.

https://soundcloud.com/coreen-morsink/sets/compositions-by-coreen-morsink

Compositions on CD’s

Listen to the Silence 05-02-2016 works for solo piano by Coreen Morsink influenced by mindfulness practice https://coreenmorsink.bandcamp.com/album/listen-to-the-silence

Piano Tales 15-06-2014 works for solo piano and voice by Coreen Morsink https://coreenmorsink.bandcamp.com/album/piano-tales

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