Tom Davoren

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Tom Davoren


Tom Davoren (b. 1986, Gower Peninsula in Wales) is a Welsh composer and conductor living in the United States.

Davoren studied tuba with Nigel Seaman at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He then studied at the Cardiff University School of Music, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in composition. In 2009/10 he was awarded a research scholarship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Welsh Livery Guild Composition Award. Davoren was short listed for a BASCA British Composer Award in 2011. He was a prize winner at the European Brass Band Composers’ Competition in 2012, a recipient of the Harvey Phillips Award for excellence in composition, presented by the International Tuba Euphonium Association in 2014, and winner of the NBA Merrill Jones Composition Prize in 2020.

As a conductor Tom began his career with the BTM Band from South Wales. He has since gone on to success as musical director of Desford Colliery Band, associate conductor of the Fairey Band and musical director of Bristol’s Filton Concert Brass, which he has established as one of the UK’s newest championship bands. In 2015 he directed Maidstone Wind Symphony to the National Concert Band Championship title and was honoured to serve as conductor of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales in 2016. He led conducting students and directed the brass band at the University of Salford from 2016 to 2019.

Following a first American performance in 2014, at New York's Carnegie Hall, by Montclair Statue University Wind Symphony, Tom's music has been premiered, recorded and commissioned the world over, by artists including ‘The President’s Own’ United States Marine Band, Central Band of the Royal Air Force, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and soloists Jens Lindemann and Steven Mead. In 2019 he became composer in residence to the Band of the Welsh Guards, of the famous household division of the British Army.

In addition to composing, Davoren is a member of the British Association of Symphonic Band and Wind Ensembles.

Mr. Davoren is currently [2021] pursuing a doctorate in wind conducting at the University of Kansas.

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