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Born 1990, Roché composed his first classical work at the age of 22 under the tutelage of Hans Roosenschoon, although he started writing light music at the age of 16 with a protest song against child soldiers in Africa. He was awarded the Hans Roosenschoon Music Foundation Scholarship for composition in 2014 and 2015. He completed a Masters in Composition at Stellenbosch University while researching the spectral music scene in South Africa. In March of 2016, Roché’s work for Brass Quintet was performed at the ISCM World Music Days in South Korea. He then started studying a Post Graduate Diploma in Composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire in September 2016 with Andrew Hamilton as his teacher. In February 2017 he was selected to take part in the Young Composer’s Meeting in Apeldoorn with the Orkest de Ereprijs where he won the prize to write for the Internationale Stichting Masterclasses in Apeldoorn 2017.

Roché has a fascination for nature and the sounds that occur in the African ‘bushveld’. he enjoys making field recordings for musical inspiration using spectral analysis as a composition technique.

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