New Music Biennial 2014
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Dobrinka TabakovaDobrinka Tabakova


PULSE, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, brings together British/Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova and Scottish film-maker Ruth Paxton to create a new score and film. Taking the ideas of ‘pulse’ and ‘place’, this collaboration pairs Tabakova’s rich musical language with Paxton’s bold film-making to create a piece that explores the energy and diversity of life in a modern city and the driving forces behind how different societies and cultures mix.

“I am absolutely delighted and extremely grateful that our project has been selected. To present our work at the New Music Biennial, knowing it will be seen by such a varied audience is a privilege and inspiration. I can’t wait to get started with Ruth Paxton on this exciting collaboration.” Dobrinka Tabakova

“This chance to promote classical music to new audiences when the spotlight’s on Glasgow is fantastic.  Supporting composers and creativity in new music is at the heart of our work. To bring two dynamic young artists together and to celebrate the spirit of the Commonwealth Games is a thrilling prospect.” Royal Philharmonic Society


About Dobrinka Tabakova

Dobrinka Tabakova is an award-winning British/Bulgarian composer who lives and works in London. Her music has been described as ‘thoughtful and approachableGramophone, with ‘glowing tonal harmonies and grand, sweeping gestures [which] convey a huge emotional depthThe Strad. Early on, the composer John Adams praised her music as 'extremely original and rare'.

Among her awards are the Jean-Frédéric Perrenoud prize and medal at the 4th Vienna International Music Competition; the prize for an anthem for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Lutoslawski Composition Prize; King’s College London’s Adam Prize and the Sorel Medallion in Choral Composition in New York. Her first profile album String Paths was released in 2013 on ECM Records and was nominated for Best Classical Compenduim at the 56th Grammy Awards.

Tabakova graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and received a PhD from King’s College London. She has been resident composer at leading music festivals throughout the UK and Europe as well as featured composer at festivals in Hong Kong and the US. She has received commissions from BBC Radio 3, Royal Philharmonic Society, Three Choirs Festival, UK New Music Biennial, Orchestra of the Swan, Spectrum Concerts Berlin, Voices of Ascension, Amsterdam Cello Biennale, Wigmore Hall, Britten Sinfonia.


Royal Philharmonic SocietyAbout Royal Philharmonic Society

The Royal Philharmonic Society unites the music profession and its audiences to create a vibrant future for music: supporting and working creatively with talented young performers and composers, championing excellence, and encouraging audiences to listen to, and talk about, great music. The Society has been at the heart of music for over 200 years, with direct links to Beethoven (it commissioned the composer’s 9th Symphony), Mendelssohn, Wagner and many of the iconic figures of classical music.

CHAMPIONS OF EXCELLENCE: The Society sets the standard and lets the world know about the finest classical music making. From its historic Gold Medal to the annual RPS Music Awards for live music, recognition by the RPS is a guarantee of outstanding music achievement.

YOUNG MUSICIANS: The RPS invests in talented young performers at the start of their careers, offering much needed funding to buy instruments, teaching tailored to their individual needs, or the chance to be mentored by an experienced, established performer.

COMPOSERS: The Society supports new music through commissioning new work, repeat performances, workshops, residency schemes and encouraging interaction between composers and audiences.

AUDIENCES: The RPS is a voice for music, putting music at the centre of cultural life. Whether a regular listener or just beginning to explore classical music, the RPS encourages people to listen and talk about music through a series of events, talks and debates.



The press says:

‘Dobrinka Tabakova’s Pulse, […] confirmed the talent of this young British composer: one to watch.’ The Observer




PULSE, New Music BiennialBBC Radio 3





The performance of 'Pulse' will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 9 August 2014 and will be available as a digital download in MP3 and FLAC formats here on 25 August 2014.



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