Robert Coleman

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Dublin born composer Robert Coleman is currently based in the Hague and studying his Masters at the Koninklijk Conservatorium (Royal Conservatory of the Hague) with Yannis Kyriakides and Diderik Wagenaar. His work incorporates acoustic, electronic and audio-visual performances, installations, site specific, and spatially inspired works. Recently his output has focused on a number of multi-disciplinary collaborations with various artists such as the Experimental Film Society, Laura Sarah Dowdall(dancer/choreographer with RUNNING BLIND), Mihai Cucu(visual artist) and Slipdraft(lighting design) amongst others. A previous graduate of UCD School of Architecture, his current work aims to combine architectural idioms within a musical context.

He is a founding member and artistic advisor of the Dublin based new music group Kirkos, who have premiered over 150 works to date by Irish composers, and commissioned many of Ireland’s most prominent and emerging talents. Robert also held the position of secretary of the Irish Composers Collective from 2015-2017.

He has won numerous national competitions in Ireland including the 2017 Jerome Hynes Young Composers Award and was subsequently commissioned by the National Concert Hall, Dublin to write for their SinfoNua Orchestra for their 2018 performances.

Also a twice winner of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition in 2016 and 2015 through which his first and second string quartets received their premiere at the celebrated festival in Bantry. In 2015 he won the Esker Festival Orchestra Call for Scores, whereby his first orchestral piece ‘The Space Inside’ was premiered in Galway and subsequently toured to Limerick, Cork and Dublin by the orchestra.

In 2015 he graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music (1st Class Honours, BA in Composition) studying under Dr. Kevin O’Connell and Jonathan Nangle. He has participated in masterclasses with acclaimed international artists such as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Jorg Widmann, Jonathan Dove, Liza Lim, Houston Dunleavy, Sebastian Fagerlund, Gráinne Mulvey, Deirdre Gribbin, Andrew Hamilton and others.

Over the past number of years his work has been performed by many leading Irish and international musicians including Kate Ellis, the Scordatura Ensemble, Paul Roe, Sarah Watts, Crash Ensemble, the Dublin Laptop Orchestra, Alluna Ensemble, the Fidelio Trio, David Adams, Rhombus Quintet, John Feeley, Izumi Kimura, Nick Roth, Alexander Bernstein, Kirkos, the Arioso Quartet and the Irish National Youth Ballet.

Robert also has vast experience as a teacher and received an Associate Diploma (ARIAM) from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in piano teaching. He taught both privately, and at a Dublin school for over six years the subjects of piano, keyboard and music theory.

Robert’s projects have been kindly supported by the Arts Council Music Bursaries in 2017 and 2016, South Dublin County Council artist bursaries in 2018 and 2016 and the Arts Council Travel and Training Award in 2018.  

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