I always follow my gut reaction to structure and form. The emotions generated by a place, the reaction to an environment, people, pace of life… all affect my relationship to my music.
Deirdre Gribbin was born in Belfast. She studied at Queen’s University Belfast, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and in Denmark with Per Nørgård. In 2000 she received a Fulbright Fellowship attached to Princeton University and in 2001 she completed a PhD in composition at Royal Holloway College, University of London. She was artistic director of the Society for the Promotion of New Music, UK (SPNM) and is Senior Fellow in Composition at Trinity College of Music, London.
She has written over forty works, which have been performed at many international festivals including the Gaudeamus, Saarbrucken, Huddersfield, Presence, Almeida, Aldeburgh and Taipei festivals, among others. In 2001 her orchestral work, ‘Unity of Being’, was performed by the Ulster Orchestra at the UK with NY Festival in New York. Empire States, an RTÉ commission for the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, was chosen as a winning finalist at the 2003 UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers.
Deirdre Gribbin has received commissions from Almeida Opera/Aldeburgh Festival, the Northern Sinfonia, Joanna McGregor, COMA, Music Network, the Vanbrugh Quartet, Imogen Cooper, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the Ulster Orchestra, among others. Her violin concerto Venus Blazing was part of a Contemporary Music Network Tour of the UK Spring 2005 and was directed by Lou Stein with lighting by Bruce Springstein’s lighting designer Jeff Ravitz. Recent works include a BBC commission ‘Goliath’ for percussion and orchestra and she also wrote music for a BBC Radio 3 production of Dostoevsky’s ‘The Possessed’.