Rob Bentall is a composer/performer working with electronic sound and live instruments. His work, which has been presented worldwide from Jakarta to Doncaster, hybridise ambient, folk, dance, and experimental styles.
Rob initially read for a BMus at the University of Manchester, graduating in 2010 with the P.J. Leonard Prize for Electroacoustic Composition. He then studied for an MMus at the University of Sheffield, under the tutelage of Prof. Adrian Moore and supported by a Julian Payne Scholarship. Still not done with education, Rob completed a PhD within the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, supervised by Dr Paul Wilson and Dr Simon Waters and funded by the Department for Education and Learning (DEL) Northern Ireland. In 2012, he was the recipient of a Santander Mobility Scholarship to study with Prof. Rodrigo Cicchelli Velloso at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
He has held artist residencies at the Electronic Music Studios, Stockholm, Visby International Composers Centre, CMMAS Mexico, University of Huddersfield and Cryptic Glasgow. Rob was a finalist for the 2013 Franz Liszt Composition Prize in Weimar, Germany, and the 2014 Oxford/Sennheiser Electronic Music Prize.
Recent work includes Telian for Swedish nyckelharpa and 8-channel sound, composed as part of Sound and Music’s Embedded International Composer Programme. This piece also became Nearer Future, an immersive audiovisual collaboration with video artist Heather Rose Lander for Glasgow’s biennial Sonica Festival 2017. Rob made the sound design and performed for Knaïve Theatre for their award-winning production War With The Newts.
For the past two years, Rob has collaborated extensively Impermanence Dance Theatre, piecing together scores for art-house film Ballet of the Nations and multimedia dance work Baal, after Bertolt Brecht. He has written about genre hybridisation for leading academic electronic music journal Organised Sound and produced blogs for The Sampler. Rob holds a part-time post as Principal Lecturer at Leeds College of Music, where he teaches technology-led composition to BA and MA students.