Tazul Izan Tajuddin

(b. 1969, Banting).

Malaysian composer, now resident in the UK, of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and North America.

Mr. Tajuddin taught himself guitar at age 15 and began composing at age 24. He studied both classical music and the traditional music of Malaysia at the Universiti Teknologi MARA in Shah Alam from 1988–91. He studied composition with Leonardo Balada and the music of Iannis Xenakis with Juan Pablo Izquierdo at Carnegie Mellon University from 1994–96, on a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of Malaysia, and there earned his MMus in composition. He then studied composition with Martin Butler, Michael Finnissy and Jonathan Harvey at the University of Sussex from 1997–2001, where he earned his PhD with the thesis A Study of Arabesque. He also received encouragement from Henri Dutilleux.

Among his honours are two selections to the short list of the Society for the Promotion of New Music in London (2001–04, for Jeritan [Scream]; 2004–07, for Arabesque IVTenunan VII [Weaves]), First Prize in the competition Tōru Takemitsu in Tōkyō (2002, for Tenunan II), First Prize in the competition for chamber music Tōkyō (2003, for Sebuah Tenunan IV), First Prize in the competition of the Quatuor Molinari in Montréal (2004, for Mediasi UkiranTenunan VIII), the Japan Society of Music Award for Composers (2004, for Mediasi Ukiran VTenunan XII [The Mediation of Ornament]), and the New Millennium Composition Commission Award in Birmingham (2005). His music has been performed in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the USA, and the UK.

He is also active in other positions. He served as assistant conductor of the National Choir of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur from 1991–93. He has conducted the group on various occasions and has also conducted ensembles in the UK and the USA.

He has lived in the UK since 1997.





Etudes, small orchestra, 1995

Violin & Orchestra, 1995

AvtoportretSelf-Portrait, large orchestra, 1995–96

Corakan (Patterns), large orchestra, 2000

Tenunan II, flute, piano, celesta, 2 percussion, string orchestra, 2001

Sebuah Nadian WarnaTenunan III (Pulsating Colours), large orchestra, 2002–03

Tenunan V, 2003

Kehalusan Ukiran ISebuah Tenunan VI (Arabesque Engraving), small orchestra (15 players), 2003

Kehalusan Ukiran IITenunan VI, small orchestra (16 players), 2003–04

Mediasi Ukiran IISebuah Tenunan IX, 2003–04

Mediasi Antara Nada Halus dan KasarMediasi Ukiran III (Mediation between Two Tones), gamelan, small orchestra (24 players), 2004–05


Sketch, string quartet, 1994

Lagu IV (Song), clarinet, piano, 1998

Karya (Piece), violin, piano, 1995

Alhambra-Arabesque, string quartet, 1999

Arabesque II, 2 piccolos, 2 violins, 1999

Jeritan, string quartet, 1999–2000

CorakArabesque V (Pattern), harp, cello, 2000

Tenunan I, flute, clarinet, 2 violins, viola, cello, piano, percussion, 2000

Mantera... (Mantra), flute, 8 sound sculptures (2 players), 2000–01 (also shorter version, 2004)

Sebuah Tenunan IV, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2003

Arabesque IVTenunan VII, guitar, 2003

Mediasi Ukiran ITenunan VIII, string quartet, 2004

Mediasi Ukiran VTenunan XII, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, 2004


Pemuda (Young Man) (text by Siti Chairani Proehoeman), soprano–speaker, baritone–speaker, mixed chorus, small orchestra, 1996

RitualPemuda II (text by Siti Chairani Proehoeman), soprano, alto, tenor, bass, 3 mixed choruses, piano, 2 percussion, 1997

Meditasi Ritualistik Seorang Pemuda (Ritualistic Meditation of a Man) (text by Siti Chairani Proehoeman), soprano, alto, tenor, bass, 3 mixed choruses, large orchestra, 1997

Perjalanan (Journey) (text by Siti Chairani Proehoeman), soprano, alto, tenor, bass, mixed chorus, large orchestra, 1997–


Lagu I & II (vocalise), soprano, piano, 1994

Lagu Tanpa Kata I (Song without Words), soprano, orchestra, 1994, revised 2003

Lagu III (vocalise), soprano, piano, 1998


Sebuah Pantun (A Malay Poem), 2002

Torrent of ImagesA Memorial, 2002–05 (its three sections may be performed separately: Irrational, 2002–03; Mediasi MasaRaja Satariah Memoriam [The Mediation of Time], 2004; Rational, 2005)


Abstract, fixed media (8 tracks), 1994

Study for Electronic Music in 3 Sections, fixed media (8 tracks), 1994–95

Electronic Piece I, fixed media (8 tracks), 1995


Anthology of Choral and Piano Malay Folk Song Arrangements (27 folksongs from Malaysia), mixed chorus, piano, 1992–93