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), Peter Fahey’s music has been performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the National Concert Hall Dublin by some of the leading interpreters of new music including 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. His music has been featured at festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek and Festival Música Nova, Brazil and broadcast on RTÉ (Ireland), WQXR (New York), Concertzender (The Netherlands), MDR (Germany) and elsewhere.
He is the recipient of the American Composers Orchestra’s prestigious Underwood 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 a number of awards from the Arts Council of Ireland including a Next Generation Artist Award. He has also received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and MacDowell and he has been a guest artist at Yaddo.
Peter was born and raised in Ireland and 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. He also attended classes at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar. His principal composition teachers were Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, Fabien Lévy, David Horne and Eric Sweeney. In addition, he has participated in the Royaumont Foundation’s Voix nouvelles Composition Session, France directed by Brian Ferneyhough and Johannes Schöllhorn; the Summer Academy for Young Composers at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart directed by Chaya Czernowin; and the Aspen Music Festival and School Master Class Program directed by Christopher Rouse and Matthias Pintscher.
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