Ruaidhri Mannion

(b. 1985)
Ruaidhri Mannion

Ruaidhri Mannion is an Irish composer and electronic music performer living in London. As a musician he is fascinated by the entrancing and transcendental properties of sound, music and the act of listening. Drawing on wide range of influences, both musical and extra-musical, his work often combines live instruments and electronics to explore concepts of intuition, collaboration and theatre. He is a Royal College of Music Scholar, currently studying towards his Doctorate under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Cole and Gilbert Nouno (IRCAM), and generously supported by the Soirée d'Or Award. He had previously studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Kenneth Hesketh, graduating with an MMus in Advanced Composition and awarded distinction, and at Queen's University in Belfast, beginning his composition studies with Piers Hellawell.

Projects in 2014 have included devising and composing audiovisual music theatre work exploring modern surveillance culture 'London 1:14' with pianist Gwenaelle Rouger (soundinitiative), a commission to compose a saxophone sextet for the Royal Academy of Art's  'Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined' exhibition and an interactive electroacoustic performance at the Tate Modern's critically acclaimed 'Matisse: The Cut-Outs' exhibition. In June 2014 his piece 'Occupy the Pianos' for two pianos and electronics received its UK premiere as the finale-work to the Occupy the Pianos Festival curated by pianist and composer, Rolf Hind at St John's Smith Square in London. The piece was commissioned by the Association du Concours Nicati in 2012 as a musical response to global protest movement, Occupy and premiered at the Biennale Bern in Switzerland by the award-winning Francoise-Green Piano Duo.  

In 2011-12 he was selected for PRSF New Music Incubator project, collaborating with other leading musicians and culminating in artistic residencies at Brunel University and Acusticum Sweden. He also won a place at the EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO Academy hosted at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam to focus on his work in live electronics. His music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 1 NI, Resonance FM, BBC Radio Foyle, and performed in King's Place, Royal Academy of Arts, Cadogan Hall, Sonic Arts Research Centre (Ireland), National Portrait Gallery and Konservatorium Bern (Switzerland). He is the former composer in residence with the Mercury Quartet and his avant-pop remix for Mercury Acoustic is released on Nonclassical/Naxos.