Professor Ambrose Field

Professor and Head of Department of Music


Ambrose Field is a British Composer. Field’s work with technology and composition is the recipient of several international awards, including three Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mentions in 2006, 1997 and 1996. His music is recorded on ECM (Munich, Germany) and Sargasso (London, UK), and broadcast by the BBC and other international networks (SVR, RTE, ORF).  His works have been performed at the Vienna Konzerthaus, The Chicago Early Music Festival, Parco della Musica Rome, the A-Cappella Festival Leipzig, The Perth International Festival Australia, Konvergencie Bratislava, Kultursommer Rheinland-Pfalz Germany, the ICA London, Ultima Norway, the Tampere Vocal Music Festival Finland, Kryptonale Berlin, CBSO Centre Birmingham, Voce-Versa Milan, Huset Copenhagen, Warsaw Autumn, and other international events.

Field spent his early years learning violin and organ, taking part in festivals and events as a performer. After taking an undergraduate degree at York, he went on to graduate studies in Music Education at University of Cambridge, singing bass in the choir of Pembroke College. In 1994 he moved to London and, funded by the British Academy, received a PhD in Composition from City University. Field served as a board director of the UK’s Sonic Arts Network (the forerunner to today’s Sound and Music Organisation) in the late 1990s.

He has been a resident artist at Asphodel/Recombinant Media Labs in San Francisco, at HFG in Karlsruhe, Germany, and a composer in the electronic music studio of Hungarian National Radio in Budapest funded by UNESCO.

New sounds, new structures and new methods of creating and performing music are his primary research concerns. Prof Field has led courses and given guest lectures internationally from China to the USA on contemporary music issues.