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

“He created alluring soundscapes… 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)

“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 by ensembles including the American Composers Orchestra conducted by Robert Spano, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Continuum, Crash Ensemble, Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, Ensemble Recherche, the iO Quartet, the PM Ensemble, the Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra, and Talea Ensemble; soloists have included Tony Arnold, Dario Calderone, Philip Higham, and Chi-Chen Wu.

He has participated in the Aspen Music Festival and School Master Class Program (directed by Christopher Rouse and Matthias Pintscher), the Darmstadt Summer Courses, the “Next Generation” programme at the Donaueschingen Festival, the Gaudeamus-Royaumont Composer Exchange Programme (at Gaudeamus Muziekweek), the Irish Composition Summer School, the Tactus Young Composers’ Forum Belgium, the Voix nouvelles Composition Session at the Royaumont Foundation, France (directed by Brian Ferneyhough, with Johannes Schöllhorn), the Weimarer Meisterkurse Kompositions-Workshop, and the Wellesley Composers Conference.

Fellowships have come from The MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts; residencies at Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, New York), ART342 (Colorado), and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig (Ireland). Further fellowships and awards include a Stefan Kaske Fellowship (Wellesley), a Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship (Aspen), a Don M. Randel Teaching Fellowship at Cornell University (from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), the American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Commission, the Franz Liszt Stipendium from the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, and a number of awards from 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. His teachers have included Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, Fabien Lévy, David Horne, and Eric Sweeney.

Current projects include a new work for Ensemble SurPlus, to be performed at the 2017 Summer Academy at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, and a new work for LAPS Ensemble for a performance at the 2018 EuropArt Festival, Brussels.







A full score of “Impressions” is available in the American Composers Orchestra’s Earshot Composer Archive, available here (scroll down for link).



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