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Dr Thomas Seltz 

Lecturer in Performance and Composition

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Dr Thomas Seltz is a Lecturer in Performance and Composition in Music at the University of Southampton.

I am a Lecturer in Performance and Composition in Music at the University of Southampton and the current Head of Jazz and Pop studies, responsible for overseeing and supporting popular music students as they take part in performance related activities and develop as entertainers. I teach the undergraduate module Orchestration, in addition to the postgraduate module Composition Seminar.

I am an intercultural composer with a professional background in hard rock. I started my music career in my teens as a rock guitarist and songwriter in bands in my native France, and later moved to the UK, continuing to tour the darkest underground venues in the country and enjoying radio play with the band TORO. I subsequently studied composition at the University of Edinburgh from 2006 to 2011 with Professor Nigel Osborne and Professor Peter Nelson; initially I studied for a MMus, which I obtained with Distinction, and then, with the support of an AHRC doctoral award, for a PhD.

Due to my diverse musical interests, I have written works at the crossroads of contemporary music and popular entertainment, and have collaborated with popular musicians and orchestras alike, such as in my Electric Bass Guitar Concerto, which I wrote for John Patitucci and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and in Mandarin, an erhu concerto for Peng Yueqiang and Mr. McFall's Chamber, in which I collaborated with Chinese folk musicians. My works have been performed regularly in the UK, in addition to receiving airtime on BBC Radio 3. My 2011 comic opera Awesome X, which is on the topic of reality TV, was premiered in Edinburgh by the Opera Chamber and received a positive review in The Scotsman, in which the work is described as “urgent and impulsive”. I am currently focusing on composing for solo acoustic guitar.




Research interests

New Music
Music and Theatre
Popular Music, Popular Musicology
Intercultural Composition, Ethnomusicology
Orchestration and folk instruments
Music in the Community


Research group

Composition and Music Technology

Affiliate research group

Music Performance Research

Creative Media and Artefacts

Dr Thomas Seltz
Music Building 2 Highfield Campus University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ

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Telephone:(023) 8059 8597

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