Zygmund de Somogyi (b. 1996, London) is a British-Filipino composer, artist, performer, and curator based between the UK and Germany.
Zygmund’s music explores highly expressive themes of escapism, recontextualisation, reverie, and interdisciplinary performance, with their nonclassical background and punk rock upbringing greatly informing their practice as a composer. Zygmund spent their teenage years in the Leeds DIY and alternative music scene; they play in skate-punk trio High Visions (INiiT Records), which has caught the attention of Kerrang!, New Noise, and Slam Dunk Festival. Zygmund has also released three studio albums, the latest of which — neoclassical piano and post-metal tinged Always Believe — was described as "Atmospheric, haunting and beautiful” (Sam HB/Love It To Death).
Zygmund’s work has been performed across the UK, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, and Canada by ensembles such as Quatuor Bozzini, Fidelio Trio, Thallein Ensemble, Sean Clancy, and Tresonant; they have also written music for ThinkTank Planetarium, OSO Arts Centre, Arc Project, and Chris Hadfield’s Rare Earth, the latter of which has seen their music exposed to more than 750,000 people. Ongoing projects include a chamber opera inspired by indie-horror game OMORI, a studio album collaboration for classical guitar and ronroco, and an unfiction ARG series centring on performance art.
Zygmund studied an MMus in Composition at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, studying with Ed Bennett, Howard Skempton, and Edwin Roxburgh. Zygmund is the founder of online magazine PRXLUDES — with the goals of giving young composers the opportunity to talk about their work on a public platform, having interviewed over 25 young practitioners of new music so far from across the musical landscape.
Zygmund openly has Asperger’s Syndrome, and helps run an online network for autistic musicians and creatives.
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