DR TAZUL IZAN TAJUDDIN
Taught him how to play the guitar at 15 and began to composing at the age of 24. Educated in Malaysia, USA and UK at University Technology MARA, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Sussex (Doctorate/PhD). His teacher included Leonardo Balada, Juan Pablo Izquierd, Martin Butler, Jonathan Harvey, Micheal Finnissy, and Franco Donatoni (Manue de Falla Festival in Spain) and consultations with Brian Ferneyhough (at IRCAM 2001 in Paris) and Lannis Ixenakis. Recently was invited by Toshio Hosokawa to his Takefu International Music Festival 2003 in Japan. He was receive numerous prize, awards, and scholarship from Ministry of Culture, University Technology MARA, Malaysia Book of Records, OMEC and in 2002 won the prestigious Takemitsu Award in Tokyo (Joji Yuasajury). He has been a finalist in competition in Oslo, Norway (Edvard Grieg Composition Competition 2000), London (Derek Shiel’s Sound Sculpture Composition Competition 2001) and the USA, among others. He also has been selected as a short listed composer by the Society for Promotion of The New Music (SPNM) in the UK from 2001 – 2004. In the season 2003 – 2004, his worked will be performed National Choir and Orchestra of Malaysia (NSO), Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, Performing Rights Society – SPNM with Hertford Symphony Orchestra (composer in residence), Ensemble Expose. His works have been performed by Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Carnegie Philharmonic Orchestra, Carnegie Contemporary Ensemble, IXION Ensemble, National Choir of Malaysia in USA, UK, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Italy, and broadcasted on NHK Japan. Has written for orchestra, chorus, chamber, ensembles and soloist. He has conducted his own works in three continents. Now he is freelance composer and lives in London.