Classically trained as a pianist and awarded c-organist, Dennis Tjiok studies Composition with Laura Bowler, Gary Carpenter and Paul Patterson at the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester. In 2019, he will continue his MMus studies in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music in London.
As composer and performer he has participated in projects ranging from musical theatre to scoring films and games, besides conducting and performing classical music, as well as Rock, Pop and Jazz. He started writing original music when joining chamber music groups and bands, winning competitions for solo piano and ensemble, as well as the EHF 2010 award for composition, and the RNCM Entrepreneurship Award for the creation of ODM Project, audio-visual events promoting organ music and astronomy, supported by YAMAHA.
Most influential masterclasses have been with
James Horner (MDW, Wien 2013), Eric Whitacre (RCM, London 2014), Brendan Dougherty (Frankfurt 2015), Conrad Pope & Nan Schwartz (HMW, Baden 2016), Judith Weir (BBC Maida Vale Studios, London 2017) and Tansy Davies (RNCM, Manchester 2016).
Recently Significant Collaborations:
Original Soundtrack MARS VR (director Marius Schmücker), collaboration with Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.
Co-directing AD Festival Days with pianist Alexey Pudinov. Chamber music recitals promoting international arts collaborations at Cross Street Chapel Manchester.
New music commissioned for the RNCM Kaija Saaijaho Festival, performed by pianist Philip Sharp.
Nomination for Best Film for the music artist portrait IN BETWEEN directed by Marius Schmücker at the Baden-Baden Film Festival.
Original Soundtrack to MSA Production short films The Package (director Leo Astudillo), I Am Flesh (director Jack Silverwood) and MSA Film Festival Trailer 2018.
Orchestral arrangements for Bill Laurance and the Bill Laurance Group.
Art song collaborations with poets Alan Gillot, Gesa Musiol and Katie Jukes featuring at Rosamund Prize and Leeds Lieder Festival 2017.
Audio Trainee at Crytek Frankfurt on the Sony VR production Robinson.
Original Soundtrack The Trial (director Craig Sanders), theatre production at Manchester & Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Manchester Push Festival, winning Best Newcomer, Best Adaptation and MTA Award 2017.
Orchestrator for film composer Stefan Ziethen on the Original Soundtrack Nice Places to Die, cinema production by WDR Cologne 2015.
Composer for musical theatre productions Alice in Wonderland (director by Michael Gonszar) and The Canterville Ghost (director Lea Dunbar), performed at the English Theatre Frankfurt, Germany 2015.
Musical readings on organ and piano with actors Wolfram Koch (Tatort), Kevin Oakes (Founder ETF), Katharina Bach & Peter Schröder (Schauspielhaus Ffm).
Winning the International Competition for Piano Ensembles Marktoberdorf 2014 and performing concerts and with award-winning pianist Alexey Pudinov.