Coreen Morsink Biography
Coreen Morsink (b.1971) is a Canadian/Greek composer focussing on music springing from Ancient Greek sources. She uses ancient Greek music theory and philosophy as a base of inspiration for her new music. Her pieces use compositional techniques which combine old and new with exploration into microtonality, unusual tuning systems and multiphonics. Her microtonal composition The 12-1 Preludes for prepared piano is part of the CD This is Tomorrow Calling on Demerara Records. Her compositions have been presented by the Allegri String Quartet, violinist Mizuka Yamamoto and quarter-tone alto flautist Carla Rees in conferences held at Goldsmiths University of London and the University of Leeds. 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. Her composition …catharsis… for organ was premiered by Kevin Komisaruk in Indianapolis USA in April 2016 and Play Songs for quarter-tone alto flute, cor anglais and bass clarinet premiered by the rarescale trio in London UK May 2016. In June 2016 her song cycle for The Theban Plays with texts from Sophocles were premiered as part of the Greek Tragedy production at St. Catherine’s, Athens Greece. On October 27, 2016 PhD Candidate Ivan Yanikiev gave a paper about her latest work There was a Time for flute ensemble at the Bulgarian Academy of Science’s Cultural Integration, Transfers, Signs of Memory international conference. This work was premiered in February in Athens, Greece by the rarescale Flute Academy and had its British premiere in May 2017 in London. Her Symphony No. 1, the “Agreekment” was premiered in Sofia, Bulgaria in July 2017 by the 432 Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Ivan Yanakiev.
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 a BMus in piano performance from McGill, MMus in piano performance (Fanny Waterman and Benjamin Frith tutors) from Leeds University, MA in composition from the University of Indianapolis and has a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London.
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 are published through Tetractys Publishing. http://www.tetractys.co.uk/
Coreen is dedicated to the promotion of A=432hz which she believes is the most natural, beneficial and real concert pitch for her music to be played at.
A more personal note:
World Premiere by: rarescale Flute Academy directed by Carla Rees: There was a Time for flute ensemble which I wrote and dedicated to this fine ensemble. The premiere took place on February 4th, at St. Catherine’s British School, Greece. For more details see: rarescale Flute Academy Concert . The UK premiere will take place May 28 in London, more details to come.
Photo used with permission by Mark Hancox.
2016! My thanks to the wonderful musicians who have beautifully premiered my music during the last year.
Firstly to the cast of The Theban Plays, directed by Elias Malandris which was performed June 21, 2016 in Athens, Greece. The wonderful chorus of St. Catherine’s British School really shone in their performance of the 4 choruses which I wrote for the production. It was a difficult group of songs to sing and the singers were not afraid of the challenge! Bravo! Here is one of the selections- Love Unbeaten in Battle. Photo credit to Elias Malandris.
On May 11, 2016 the rarescale trio premiered Play Songs for quarter-tone alto flute, cor anglais and bass clarinet at The Forge in London, UK. My thanks to Carla Rees, Paul Goodey and Sarah Watts for their tremendous performance! As well thanks to Oxford University Press for allowing me to use the text from M.L.West’s Greek Lyric Poetry as part of the musical score.
Kevin Komisaruk gave the World Premier of …catharsis… for organ at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, IN USA on April 15th as part of the American Guild of Oranists Artist Recital Series. More details can be found at:
Piano works which started from mindfulness: compositions and improvisations for the piano.
My 12-1 Preludes for prepared piano can be found on the new digital album This is Tomorrow Calling on the Demerara Records label at http://www.demerararecords.com
This is a video I made of the 12-1 Preludes in honour of my late friend Linda Miroslava Sabbath (1927-1913)
For my thoughts on A=432hz please read the page on this website A Request for A=432hz or from a previous website (which hasn’t been working well lately) at http://athensconference.blog.com/a-request-for-432hz-frequency/
other music by Coreen Morsink:
See also http://m.music.cbc.ca/artists/Coreen-Morsink for links on the CBC Artists pages.
Photographs from concert “Sing me an Angel” at the Irodeion, Athens Greece
St. Catherine’s British School Upper school singers accompanying Greek Tenor Marios Frangoulis with the NERIT orchestra conducted by maestro Richard Balcombe
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