Tansy Davies

Tansy Davies studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Royal Holloway. Her work has found a home between the worlds of avant-garde and experimental rock, between – in the words of one critic – Xenakis and Prince. Neon (2004) has become Davies’ signature work for many, with its gritty, sloppy sounds and pounding rhythms.

Davies received a Paul Hamelin Award in 2009 and has been commissioned by numerous world-class ensembles and orchestras, including the London Sinfonietta, the CBSO Youth Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, BIT 20, BCMG, and a large-scale work for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Wild Card, for the Proms in 2010. In 2011, Davies’ Christmas Eve was performed at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College Cambridge and broadcast worldwide. 2012 saw the premiere of Davies’ piano concerto Nature by Huw Watkins and the BCMG conducted by Oliver Knussen, and the release of her second commercial CD, Spine, on the NMC label.

Davies’ first opera, Between Worlds, premiered at the English National Opera in 2015. Davies’ current projects, included in the 2015 Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 of Britain’s most influential people, include a large-scale work for symphony orchestra.