Andrew Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton
(b. 1977)

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Andrew Hamilton was born in Dublin in 1977. He studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester. Following studies at Oxford University and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, he undertook a PhD in composition at the University of York with the assistance of the Elizabeth Maconchy Composition Fellowship awarded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

From 2002 to 2004 he studied at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague. His composition teachers have included Kevin Volans, Anthony Gilbert and Louis Andriessen. Awards include first prize in the 2001 Opera Prima Europa competition and the 2002 prize at the 8th International Young Composers Forum in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. In 2004 he was awarded the Macaulay Fellowship by the Arts Council of Ireland and from 2005 to 2006 he was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart. In 2010 he was awarded a residency by Aldeburgh Music as part of the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme and in 2012 became a music fellow at the Civitella Ranieiri Residency in Italy.

His work has been performed internationally and at many festivals including Gaudeamus. Ultraschall Berlin, ISCM World Music Days, Dublin Fringe Theatre Festival, Sommer in Stuttgart, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and the MATA Festival New York.

He has also collaborated with visual artists Dagmar Keller, Martin Wittwer and Ingrid Hora on installations exhibited in Berlin, Stuttgart, Warsaw and Vienna. In 2012 he worked in a collaboration project at the archive of the Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei and was an artist in residence at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. Recently he has worked on new pieces with Crash Ensemble, Ensemble Klang, CHROMA, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Ives Ensemble, Orkest De Volharding, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Onyx Brass, the Knights Chamber Orchestra, the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Exaudi, Endymion Ensemble, Ensemble Ascolta and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.

(biography © Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland)

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