Theophile Krosi-Doute selected as SGSAH Researcher in Residence

The PhD student from Aberdeen will develop a new choral composition using astronomical mathematics.

Working with the Scottish Graduate School of Arts & Humanities, Hospitalfield will host Theophile Krosi-Doute for a two week residency alongside the March Interdisciplinary Residency.

Born in Paris in 1991, Theophile Krosi-Doute is a composer of contemporary classical music. Theophile’s music has been performed around the UK and internationally. Commissions include pieces written for the North Wales International Music Festival, Spectrum: New Music Ensemble, King’s College Choir, Aberdeen, and the University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir. His arrangement of Robert Burns’ Rattlin’ Roarin’ Willie, was included in the University of Aberdeen’s recent CD The Immortal Memory – A Burns’ Night Celebration, which stayed in the UK Classical Charts for several weeks, peaking at #3. Theophile currently studies towards a PhD in composition under Paul Mealor at the University of Aberdeen, having previously studied under Anthony Payne at the University of East Anglia, and Michel Merlet at the Maurice Ravel Conservatoire in Levallois-Perret (France). He is also a proficient conductor, singer, and cellist.

During the residency Krosi Doute will be working on a new composition for his PhD portfolio: Music of our Constellations: Mapping the musical characteristics of the stars through simplicial mathematics. This research in musical composition uses mathematics and astronomy to create a unique brand of ‘process music’. Starting from a basis of astronomical data such as a star’s mass, luminosity and coordinates alongside mathematical principles, he establishes rules around how a piece of music will be constructed. The new piece created at Hospitalfield will specifically focus on introducing a choral element for the first time.