I was born in Dublin and received my music degree with first class honours from University College Dublin. I subsequently studied at the University of York with Nicola LeFanu, Bill Brooks and Roger Marsh, earning an MA and a PhD in Composition. My studies in England were funded by York’s Vinson and Nonhebel Awards, the Arts Council’s Travel and Training Award and the Bill Whelan International Music Bursary.
My compositions draw on my experience as a rock musician, turntablist, improviser and gamelan musician, among other roles. My music has featured in concerts and festivals across Europe, performed by ensembles such as Trio Scordatura, Okeanos, Black Hair, the Crash Ensemble, CoMA and Sounds Underground. My works have also been broadcast on RTE lyric fm and released on Ergodos Records.
I have held residencies at the SoundSCAPE Contemporary Music Festival in Italy and the Frederic Chopin Conservatoire in Paris. My composition awards include 1st Prize at the 2010 Carl von Ossietzky Composition Competition in Germany and the Walter Becket Cup for Original Song at Ireland’s Feis Ceoil 2011. In 2012 I was awarded the Arts Council Music Bursary and the Kildare Per Cent for Arts Commission 2012. New works for 2013 include a collection of five new songs for the international award-winning Juice Vocal Ensemble and the RTE Philharmonic Choir.
I am very active in music education, working at all levels from primary schools to universities. In 2008 the New Music Alive! series of workbooks was commissioned by the CMC and Dublin City Council to bring composition and contemporary music to primary schools. I was Musical Director of COMA Yorkshire in England from 2007-11 and I am now the director of the Music Educators Orchestra in Dublin.
In 2012 I was elected to the committee of the Association of Irish Composers and I was appointed director of Dublin’s first ever gamelan orchestra, housed in University College Dublin.
Work: Bonang Quartet No.1
Performers: Gamelan Nua
Venue: National Concert Hall
Work: The Dublin Miniatures
Performers: Peter Moran
Event: Listen At Arthurs
Venue: Arthur's Pub, Thomas Street, Dublin
Performers: NCH Gamelan Orchestra
Festival: Another Love Story
Work: Enharmonic Harmonics and Anois 's Aris
Performers: Benjamin Dwyer (guitar)
Venue: Ryogoku-Monten Hall, Tokyo