Peter Fahey is an Irish composer. His music has been performed by ensembles such as the American Composers Orchestra, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Continuum, Ensemble Musiques Nouvelle, the Festival Chamber Orchestra (Ithaca), the iO Quartet, the Players Chamber Ensemble, the Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra, and the Talea Ensemble; soloists have included Tony Arnold, Philip Higham, and Chi-Chen Wu. He has been awarded the 2012 American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Commission, the Stephen Kaske Fellowship at the Wellesley Composers Conference, the Robbins Family Prize in Composition from Cornell University, a Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Franz Liszt Stipendium from the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar; he has received a number of awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, including a Commissions Award, and a Professional Development and Training Award.
Peter studied composition with Eric Sweeney at the Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland, and with David Horne and Anthony Gilbert at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. He lived briefly in Germany before moving to the United States to study at Cornell University with Roberto Sierra and Steven Stucky, and he was an exchange scholar at Columbia University, where he studied with Fabien Lévy. He has taken part in the Aspen Music Festival and School Master Class Program, the Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, the Irish Composition Summer School, the TACTUS Young Composers’ Forum Belgium, the Weimarer Meisterkurse Kompositions-Workshop, and the Wellesley Composers Conference. He has been a fellow at The MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, a guest artist at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York, and a resident artist at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan, Ireland. In 2013-14, he is a Don M. Randel Teaching Fellow at Cornell University.
Click here to read the New York Times review of the American Composers Orchestra’s performance at Carnegie Hall on October 25 featuring A Mirror to Kathleen’s Face for orchestra and sampler. (For the New York Times review of Impressions for orchestra, performed by the American Composers Orchestra at the DiMenna Center, New York, June 2012, click here.)
Adding Fuel to the Fire: A Mirror to Kathleen’s Face for orchestra and sampler premieres at Carnegie Hall on Friday, October 25 with a performance by the American Composers Orchestra conducted by Robert Spano. For more details, click here.