I am a composer from County Donegal now living in County Armagh. Starting out as a performer of Irish traditional music I went on to study piano with Nuala Levins at the Dublin Institute of Technology, before studying at the University of Ulster, gaining a BMus in 2006 and a Masters in music in 2007, studying composition with Frank Lyons, Laurence Roman, and David Morris. In July 2014 I graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a PhD in composition, having studied with Professor Piers Hellawell.
I specialise in solo and chamber music, however, I have written for a wide range of forces including electroacoustic, choral, mixed ensemble, and orchestral. My music has been performed throughout Ireland and abroad by performers such as the XelmYa (Germany), the New York Miniaturist Ensemble (America), the Lawson Trio (England), the Con Tempo String Quartet, Concorde, Kirkos, Anne-Marie O’Farrell, and the New Dublin Voices.
I have won the West Cork Chamber Music Composition Competition for 2009 (piano trio section), the Feis Ceoil IMRO Award 2008, the Mostly Modern/IMRO Young Composer’s Competition 2006, and the Sine Nomine Award from the University of Ulster (Faculty of Arts) 2006.
Some recent performances of my music have been presented by Alex Petcu (multi-percussion, February 2016), clarinettist Leonie Bluett (September 2015 ), Claire Duff (baroque violinist, March 2015), Cue Saxophone Quartet (February 2015), and by Cormac Ó hAodáin (member of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, October 2014).