About | Tansy Davies | Composer

Short Biog

Tansy Davies studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Royal Holloway. In 2004 neon – a gritty collage of twisted funk written for the Composers Ensemble – quickly became her calling card and since then her music has been championed internationally by the likes of the New York Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Asko|Schönberg, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra, and at festivals including Ultima, Présences, and the Warsaw Autumn.


Davies’s work has been inspired by sources as diverse as Zaha Hadid (Spiral House) and Anselm Kiefer (Falling Angel). Her fascination with the Troubadours finds expression in Troubairitz, the 2010 song cycle that gave its name to a portrait disc on Nonclassical. 2012 saw the premiere of the piano concerto Nature by Huw Watkins, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Oliver Knussen, as well as the release of ‘Spine’, an all-Davies disc on NMC.


Between Worlds – a bold response to the events of 9/11 to a libretto by Nick Drake – was premiered by English National Opera in 2015 in a production by Deborah Warner, and was later awarded the 2016 British Composer Award for Stage Work. Recent projects include Re-greening for large singing orchestra – premiered (unconducted) by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain – and Forest, a concerto for four horns and orchestra, premiered by the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen.


2017 saw the premiere of Song Horn premiered at the Berliner Festspiele by Musikfabrik's Christine Chapman and Antenoux, a new work for 10 players premiered by the Crash Ensemble. What Did We See? an orchestral suite drawing from Between Worlds was premiered at the 2018 BBC Proms by the BBC Philharmonic and Ben Gernon.


Davies lives in Rochester and is an Associate Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London.