David Coonan

Photo: Clifton Harrison

Photo: Clifton Harrison

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Born in 1987, David Coonan is an Irish composer currently based in London. His work is driven by a notion of creative recycling, and his all-embracing musical curiosity has led to a body of compositions mindful of many diverse musical influences. From the Horn Trios of Brahms and Ligeti, to the ballads of Edith Piaf, his work plays on, and plays with, the many different musical ideas, works, genres, and styles that excite his imagination.

David’s works have been performed by, amongst others, the London Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RAM Manson Ensemble, EXAUDI vocal ensemble, the Choir of the Chapels Royal HM Tower of London, and Belfast city organist Colm Carey, and with conductors including Gavin Maloney, Maxime Tortelier, François-Xavier Roth, and Elgar Howarth. Current projects include works for the Pythagoras Ensemble (UK), and a song cycle based on the poetry of Federico García Lorca for Baltimore-based chamber music collective Vivre Musicale.

David was a featured composer in the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Horizons’ Series in January 2015; this saw the premiere of his Sarcasms for orchestra, an RTÉ commission, and his violin concerto Träumerei, with soloist Kristine Balanas, in a portrait concert at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, and was subsequently broadcast on RTÉ Lyric fm. He is a member of the Association of Irish Composers, the Irish Composers Collective, and the London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub community. He has held residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, in Ireland, and is currently composer-in-residence to Vivre Musicale.

David studied at Trinity College Dublin with Donnacha Dennehy, and pursued further composition studies with Christopher Austin and Peter Maxwell Davies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, with funds provided by the Irish Arts Council and the Arts & Humanities Research Council UK. He graduated with Distinction and the DipRAM award for outstanding final portfolio in 2011. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the RAM.

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