Michael Sidney Timpson


    MICHAEL SIDNEY TIMPSON (Korean: 손마익; Chinese: 麥可 汀普森) is an Associate Professor of Music Composition at at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. He has also been on the music composition and electronic music faculty at the University of South Florida, Rhodes College and the University of Kansas. A student of Samuel Adler, William Albright, William Bolcom, Donald Crockett, Morten Lauridsen, Frederick Lesemann, Andrew Mead, and Joseph Schwantner, he earned his undergraduate composition degree at the University of Southern California, his master’s at the Eastman School of Music, and a doctorate from the University of Michigan.

    His musical beginnings were borne out of playing baritone saxophone and “electric” bass clarinet with a strong interest in American improvisational forms, especially Free Jazz and Fusion; this would later evolve into incorporations American popular genres, such as Funk, Hip-Hop, and Alternative Techno. A child of the multicultural era in Northern California, he was intrigued with East and Southeast Asian traditional musics; these seeds that would eventually bear a lasting impact on his musical style.

    Originally labeling himself “an Eclectic Maximalist”, his more recent works have drawn from a more Spectro-Minimal and Fusionist vein. A composer in virtually every western medium, he has also composed many works for Chinese, Japanese and Korean instruments. A winner of multiple composition awards, recorded on major labels, and with significant publications, his works continue to be featured throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Timpson’s compositions have won awards from ASCAP, BMI, DownBeat Magazine, NACUSA, NFMC, SNM, the Lee Ettelson Prize, Music from China, ARKO (Korea), and the Harvard Fromm commission. His orchestral works have received performances and recordings by the Korean Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Korea, Daegu Symphony Orchestra, Kiev Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Florida Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, China National Film Orchestras, the Qingdao Symphony, and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. Timpson’s works continually appear on radio shows throughout the U.S., Asia, and Europe and have a strong visibility on the web. In 2009, he was a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar in Taiwan for research on compositional philosophy for Chinese instruments (for which he has already published two articles.)


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