Diana Simpson was born in Glasgow in 1982. She studied flute at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) in Glasgow. Following this she continued to study Electroacoustic Composition with Alistair MacDonald funded by a Scottish International Education Trust Award. She graduated from the Masters (MMus) programme with distinction. She is currently a PhD student at Manchester University, supervised by David Berezan and Ricardo Climent, and funded by a Dewar Arts Award.
Her works have been performed in Glasgow, Edinburgh ('Soundings'), Aberdeen ('Discoveries'), Scarborough (Sonic Arts Network Expo 2005), Italy and Brazil. She has a keen interest in collaboration and has worked with sculpture, video, animation and performance artists, including MFA students at Glasgow School of Art. Collaborative work has been exhibited at the 'Girls on Film' Multimedia Festival in Manchester and as part of the NewTown/Pasadena Sounding Art Programme in Pasadena, California.
In 2004 she was a prizewinner in the Insulae Electronicae International Competition of Electroacoustic Music. She was awarded the Public Prize in CIMESP 2005 (International Electroacoustic Contest of Sao Paulo) and was very highly commended in the Theodore Holland Intercollegiate Composition Prize 2005. In 2006 she was selected as one of six Scottish sound artists to be included a CD of audio art from Scotland and Toronto, released on the discparc label. She was recently a prizewinner in the Residence section of the 33rd Bourges Competition of Electroacoustic Music.
She has worked in a variety of educational roles, and is currently a workshop leader for the Sonic Postcards project in Aberdeenshire, run by Sonic Arts Network.
Other interests include aesthetics of computer music, psychoacoustics, semiotics and performance with live electronics.
with Diana Simpson