"Perhaps there are cynics who think it isn't possible for a world‑class musician to emerge from an unpromising origin such as a single‑family home in a council house. But I hope I'm proof that musicianship and musical passion rise out of sometimes difficult circumstances."
Mark Simpson was the first person to win both the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year competitions, winning the awards in 2006. As a clarinettist, he made his Wigmore Hall debut at the age of 17. Earlier this year, he was appointed Composer in Association with the BBC Philharmonic. MIF15 will be presenting the world premiere of The Immortal, a new work inspired by John Gray’s book The Immortalization Commission that explores the obsession with death that lies at the heart of the human experience.