Patrick Brennan was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. He studied piano performance with Julian Jacobson at the Royal College of Music and composition with Julian Anderson and Hans Abrahamsen at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Royal Danish Academy of Music respectively.
His music has attracted national and international attention, with recent commissions and performances coming from orchestras and ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie and the Zurich Chamber Singers. He has worked with several leading conductors and performers including Sir Mark Elder, François-Xavier Roth, Pierre-André Valade, Oliver Knussen, Emilio Pomarico, Huw Watkins and Rolf Hind.
Brennan has been featured as a composer at IRCAM ManiFeste and the Lucerne Festival. He represented Ireland at the ISCM ‘World Music Days’ 2015. He was a “Guildhall Artist” Fellow at the GSMD and a designated Royal Philharmonic Society “Young Artist”. He was appointed BCMG/SaM Apprentice Composer-in-Residence and, in July 2016, was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society composition prize. Patrick Brennan is currently pursuing a PhD in composition at King’s College, Cambridge, supervised by Richard Causton.
Upcoming projects include works for London Sinfonietta, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and GB SR piano/percussion duo generously supported by supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.