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Tansy Davies

Associate Professor of Music (Composition)

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East Studio Building, JS419


Tansy Davies is associate professor of music in composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Davies studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and at Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2004, “neon”—a gritty collage of twisted funk written for the Composers Ensemble—quickly became her calling card. Since then, her music has been championed internationally by ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, Ensemble intercontemporain, and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and at festivals including Ultima, Présences, and Warsaw Autumn.

Her work has been inspired by sources as diverse as Zaha Hadid (the trumpet concerto “Spiral House”), Anselm Kiefer (“Falling Angel” for ensemble), and the Troubadours (the song cycle “Troubairitz”). “Between Worlds,” a response to 9/11 with a libretto by Nick Drake, was premiered by English National Opera in 2015 (directed by Deborah Warner) and won a British Composer Award.

Recent works include “Re-greening” for singing orchestra—for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain—and “Forest,” a concerto for four horns premiered by the Philharmonia under Esa-Pekka Salonen. “Cave,” a second operatic collaboration with Drake, was premiered by Mark Padmore, Elaine Mitchener, and the London Sinfonietta in 2018.

Davies was previously an associate professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and was composer-in-residence at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw during 2018-19, a position which culminated in the premiere of her major new ensemble work “Soul Canoe,” written for Dutch chamber orchestra Asko|Schönberg.