Ambrose Field

British Composer

Ambrose Field’s music has been described as “Mesmerising and beautiful” by ClassicFM magazine, featuring “Interlocking tonal nuances of fragile beauty, without equal” ( and as being “Completely Compelling” by BBC Music. His pieces combine lush harmonic soundscapes with a focused, contemporary aesthetic. Field’s work has been performed at The Vienna Konzerthaus, Parco Della Musica, Rome, The Chicago Early Music Festival, Perth Festival, Australia, Dancity Festival, Italy and the Los Angeles Convention Centre. He has been a resident composer at Hungarian National Radio (supported by UNESCO), Recombinant Media Labs San Francisco, and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada. His album Being Dufay is recorded on ECM records (ECM 2071) and is distributed by Universal. It toured to 13 nations as a live performance.

Field writes for instruments, choirs, and electronic media. His music has been commissioned widely for concert performance and for immersive media applications. The large-scale vocal piece Pod Twoją obronę (25 voices, one-to-a-part) for the Polish National Chamber Choir Polski Chor Kameralny is a monolithic vocal soundscape of sculptural proportions and was specifically commissioned to honour the 80th Birthday Anniversary of notable Polish composer H. M. Górecki. For his work with technology, he is a three-time recipient of the honorary award at the Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, and has received international performances including in the RML Cinechamber at MUTEK, Canada, 2014. Interdisciplinary creative questions underpin his output. Field’s series of architecturally informed compositions Architexture make use of specific acoustics of a site to inform how a score is crafted. The technically challenging cycle of pieces for solo flute Quantaform Series, which re-thinks the relationship between performer and environment, is to be the subject of a new film made with support of the Arts Council UK and National Lottery Heritage Fund (2019). He has collaborated with researchers in other disciplines (sculpture, health science, education, heritage), worked as industrial consultant to media companies and technology firms, acted as investigator and co-investigator on research grants, and served as a jury member for national and international composition competitions.

Ambrose is presently interim Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of York, UK, where he was previously Head of Department of Music from 2013. Field was appointed to Honorary Professorships at the Beijing Institute for Advanced Innovation, and China National School of Music, China Conservatory in 2018.

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