“A composer who is full of effective ideas.” The Journal of Music
“He created alluring soundscapes that evoked the spectral aesthetic…There were arresting moments featuring a colorful use of high winds and brasses in the glittering final section.” The New York Times (review of “Impressions”)
“A very short, rhyming scene from a fairy tale, utterly chilling in its simplicity… Quite moving, and all achieved in about four minutes…” The Yard (review of “Through and Through”)
Peter Fahey’s music has been performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the National Concert Hall Dublin and at festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek and Festival Música Nova, Brazil by ensembles including the American Composers Orchestra, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Continuum, Crash Ensemble, Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, ensemble recherche, Ensemble SurPlus, Ensemble Vertigo, the iO Quartet, LAPS Ensemble, the PM Ensemble, the RNCM Symphony Orchestra and Talea Ensemble; soloists have included Tony Arnold, Philip Higham and Chi-Chen Wu.
He has been awarded the American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Commission, the Stefan Kaske Fellowship from the Wellesley Composers Conference, a Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Robbins Family Prize in Composition from Cornell University, the Franz Liszt Stipendium from the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar and, most recently, a 2018 Next Generation Award from the Arts Council of Ireland. He has also received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts and he has been a guest artist at Yaddo.
Born and raised in Ireland, Peter began his music education there, 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. His teachers have included Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, Fabien Lévy, David Horne and Eric Sweeney. He has participated in the Voix nouvelles Composition Session at the Royaumont Foundation, France (directed by Brian Ferneyhough and Johannes Schöllhorn), the Summer Academy for Young Composers at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (directed by Chaya Czernowin), the Aspen Music Festival and School Master Class Program (directed by Christopher Rouse and Matthias Pintscher), the Tactus Young Composers’ Forum Belgium, the Gaudeamus-Royaumont Composer Exchange Programme (at Gaudeamus Muziekweek), the Wellesley Composers Conference, the Darmstadt Summer Courses, the “Next Generation” programme at the Donaueschingen Festival and the Weimarer Meisterkurse Kompositions-Workshop.
Current projects include new works for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (Composer Lab 2019), an expanded version of “装配线 (Assembly Line)” for LAPS Ensemble (Brussels) and a half-concert length work for American pianist Andrew Zhou commissioned by the Arts Council of Ireland.
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