Michael Hope is a UK-born composer currently based in Denmark, whose output encompasses solo instrumental works, large-scale orchestral works, and everything in between, often situated within the domains of conceptual art and experimental theatre. Current areas of compositional focus include re-evaluations of the performance spectacle, a conceptual approach towards media selection and misuse, as well as examinations into the relationship between production and consumption, and the inevitable emergence of waste, cliché, and ultimately the loss of control, that arises from such a relationship.
After completing his undergraduate studies in composition at the Royal Northern College of Music on the prestigious Joint Course with the University of Manchester in 2017, and having previously attended the Purcell School for Young Musicians, Michael went on to complete his Master’s degree in Composition at Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium in Aarhus in 2020. Currently a member of the Soloist Class at Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium, Copenhagen, he has had works performed and produced throughout Europe, as well as Australia and the USA, by ensembles and associations such as Esbjerg Ensemble, Aarhus Sinfonietta, members of Ensemble Musikfabrik, AUT (Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere), and the BBC Singers. He is co-founder, co-director and performer with the Danish-based composer-performer ensemble Current Resonance, and in 2020 became a Britten-Pears Young Artist. He has been a board member of AUT since 2021.
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