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ABOUT

Zygmund de Somogyi (b. 1996) is a British-Filipino composer, artist, performer, and writer currently working nationally and internationally from London.

Zygmund’s compositions explore expressions of digital folklore, interdisciplinary performance, and the recontextualisation of genre and form, with their nonclassical background and punk rock upbringing greatly informing their practice as a composer. Zygmund’s first full-length opera hikikomori! was commissioned and premiered by Opera in Oborne in Dorset, UK, featuring performances from Garsington and Britten-Pears affiliated singers, and artistic direction from the Royal Opera House’s Susanna Stranders. Other recent notable works include BLUSH HOUSE, a “graphic-score-unfiction-video-game” commissioned by Gaudeamus Screendive, and The Reel, a live film score commissioned by Access Contemporary Music Chicago.

 

Zygmund’s work has been performed in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Cyprus, Malaysia, USA, and Canada; they have written music for films, documentaries, and YouTube channels such as Chris Hadfield’s Rare Earth, and they worked as resident composer for theatre company Distracted Rat from 2021-22, on commissions for London Horror Festival, Camden Fringe Festival, and Camden People’s Theatre.
 

Zygmund studied with Ed Bennett, Edwin Roxburgh, and Howard Skempton at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and with Ewan Stefani at the University of Leeds. Zygmund is artistic director and editor of contemporary music magazine PRXLUDES, featuring in-depth interviews with composers and practitioners of new music. Zygmund is openly autistic, and helps run the Autistic Musicians' Network for musicians and creatives on the autism spectrum.

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