Curriculum Leader: Classical Music

Dr Damien Harron is Curriculum Leader for Classical Music. His teaching specialisms include composition, performance (percussion) and Creative Practice in Context.
Before joining the conservatoire, Damien had a highly successful portfolio career as a professional performer, composer and educator.
Damien is a co-founder of BackBeat Percussion Quartet with which he has received numerous awards including the Royal Overseas League Ensemble Prize (UK), the Concert Artists Guild Prize (USA) and the Gold medal at the Osaka Chamber Music Festa (Japan).

Damien has also appeared with many of the UK’s leading orchestras and ensembles. As a soloist he has gained a reputation as an adventurous performer of new music with a special interest in the commissioning and performance of theatrical works. Damien is also a member of the cutting edge new music groups Black Hair, Decibel and Noszferatu, appearing regularly as soloist with these groups.
As a conductor, Damien also works in the sphere of new music. Highlights include the conducting of a broadcast on Danish National Radio from the Spor Festival, Aarhus in 2006.
Damien is an active researcher, having recently completed a translation of one of the major works by the renowned French composer, George Aperghis. Damien received his PhD in composition from the University of York in 2008. As a composer, Damien’s work often explores what he considers to be the human element of performance in terms of physicality and theatre. He has also written many works for younger, less experienced musicians alongside professionals (notably his BBC prom commission Carnival of Rhythms for the 2002 Blue Peter Prom). Damien has made recordings for Mode, NMC, NonClassical and Tzadik labels among others. 



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