Peter Moran

Peter Moran
(b. 1981)

'“There were these flutes carved from animal bones found to be over thirty thousand years old. Even the wheel was only invented around six thousand years ago - that’s one thought that keeps me going.”'

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Peter Moran was born in Dublin. He received his music degree with first class honours from University College Dublin and subsequently studied at the University of York with Nicola LeFanu, Bill Brooks and Roger Marsh, earning an MA and a PhD in Composition. His studies in England were funded by York’s Vinson and Nonhebel Awards, the Arts Council’s Travel and Training Award and the Bill Whelan International Music Bursary.

His compositions draw on his experience as a performer in many different areas of music such as gamelan, improvisation, blues and rock. His music has featured in concerts and festivals across Europe, performed by ensembles such as Trio Scordatura, Okeanos, Black Hair, the Crash Ensemble, CoMA and Sounds Underground. His works have also been broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm and released on Ergodos Records.

He has held residencies at the SoundSCAPE Contemporary Music Festival in Italy and the Frédéric Chopin Conservatoire in Paris. Awards include the first prize at the 2010 Carl von Ossietzky International Composition Competition in Germany, for the microtonal guitar trio Bommy, and the Walter Beckett Cup for Original Song, awarded for The Stranger on the Southbound Train (2008). He was also the recipient of the Arts Council Music Bursary and the Kildare Per Cent for Arts Commission 2012.

Peter is very active in music education, working at all levels from primary schools to universities. In 2008 the New Music Alive! series of workbooks was commissioned by the CMC and Dublin City
Council to bring composition and contemporary music to primary schools. He was Musical Director of COMA Yorkshire in England from 2007-11 and he is now the director of the Music Educators Orchestra in Dublin. He has been a guest speaker at symposia for the Orpheus Institute, the Royal Musicological Society and the universities of York, Huddersfield, Edinburgh and NUI Maynooth. He has taught composition, ethnomusicology and community music in universities in Ireland and England. He has also organised international collaborations between young composers and performers of new music, such as the Microtonal Fayre and the Creating New Music Communities series. He is now the director of Dublin's first gamelan orchestra at University College Dublin.

(biography © Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland)

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