“A composer who is full of effective ideas.” The Journal of Music (Ireland)

“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” for orchestra)


Peter Fahey is an Irish composer. He studied at the Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland, 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; further studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School (USA), Darmstadt (Germany), the Irish Composition Summer School, Royaumont Voix nouvelles (France), Tactus (Belgium), and the Wellesley Composers Conference (USA). His music has been performed by ensembles such as the American Composers Orchestra conducted by Robert Spano (Carnegie Hall, Underwood Commission), the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Continuum, Crash Ensemble (National Concert Hall Dublin), Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, Ensemble Recherche, the Festival Chamber Orchestra (Ithaca), the iO Quartet, the Players Chamber Ensemble, the PM Ensemble, the Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra, and Talea Ensemble; soloists have included Tony Arnold, Dario Calderone (Gaudeamus Muziekweek), Philip Higham, and Chi-Chen Wu. He has been a fellow at The MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, a guest artist at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York, the Franz Liszt Stipendiat in the city of Weimar, Germany, and a resident artist at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Ireland.

In spring 2017, Peter is a fellow-in-residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia, sponsored by the Elizabeth Ireland Graves Foundation, and a resident artist at the Tyrone Guthrie Center, thanks to a Maurna Crozier Bursary.

Current projects include a new work for Ensemble SurPlus (Freiburg), to be performed at the 2017 International Summer Academy for Young Composers at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, and a new work for two laptops and amplified instruments for LAPS Ensemble (Brussels).








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“Impressions” for orchestra is included in ACO’s Earshot Composer Archive. A full score and a recording (first movement) are available here (scroll down for link).