Peter Fahey writes experimental music for classical instruments, sometimes with electronics. Described as a composer of “alluring soundscapes” and “arresting moments” (The New York Times) and “a composer who is full of effective ideas” (The Journal of Music), his music has been performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the National Concert Hall Dublin and at festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek and Festival Música Nova, Brazil by, among others, the American Composers Orchestra, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Continuum, Crash Ensemble, Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, ensemble recherche, Ensemble SurPlus and Talea Ensemble; soloists have included Tony Arnold, Dario Calderone and Chi-Chen Wu. Recent projects include works for Irish National Opera, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, LAPS Ensemble (Brussels) and members of Klangforum Wien as well as an upcoming half-concert length work for pianist Andrew Zhou commissioned by the Arts Council of Ireland.
Peter began his music education in Ireland followed by studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England; at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York; and, as an exchange scholar, at Columbia University, New York. He has also participated in the Voix nouvelles Composition Session at the Royaumont Foundation, France; the Summer Academy for Young Composers at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart; and the Aspen Music Festival and School Master Class Program. He has been awarded the American Composers Orchestra’s prestigious Underwood Commission, a Next Generation Award from the Arts Council of Ireland and the Franz Liszt Stipendium from the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar as well as fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and MacDowell.
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