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Alex Tinlin

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Although I'm from a musical background - my parents both being musicians and teachers - my first real spark of interest in serious music came when I was 11 years old when I sang treble in a school performance of Mozart's Requiem. Since then I have never looked back, and whilst my peers were listening to Nirvana and Guns n' Roses, I was writing sonatas, symphonies and fugues. As a member of the Viola d'Amore Society of Great Britain since the early 1990's as a viola and continuo player, I also had the chance to try out some of my juvenile compositions, mostly pastiche baroque pieces. However, as time went on I began to produce more original works which included my Suite for Strings nos.1&2; 3 Rosetti Songs for Alto voice, Clarinet, Viola and Cello; Variations for Cello and Strings (written for the eminent cellist, Norman Jones), and my String Quartet no.1.

I went on to study at Goldsmiths College, London, where I gained a Bachelor of Music with honours. Whilst at Goldsmiths my ears were opened even further to modern music and this is reflected in the work I produced at the time which included my Sinfonietta (for Violin, Clarinet, Cello and multiple percussion), which was written especially for the renowned contemporary music group the Gemini Ensemble. Towards the end of my degree I embarked on my Missa Brevis (for soloists, chorus and orchestra) which I conducted in the Composer�s Forum concert series.

Since leaving college in 2000 I have been involved with a number of musical ensembles, one being the Blue Review, and currently Tinlin - an experimental folk/rock band in which I am guitarist and co-songwriter with my brother, Rolf. I also continue to write 'serious' music; including the 'Rhapsody for Oboe and Piano', written for my half-sister, Eleanor Tinlin, as the 'modern' work in her entry for the 2005 Young Musician of the Year contest.

I have recently had several international performances of my works, including the 'Introduction & Fugue on a Christmas Carol' given in 2009 by the Boise Philharmonic, and 'Postcards for Piano & Strings' given by the Akademisches Kammerorchester Karlsruhe in 2011.

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