Dublin born composer Robert Coleman is currently based in the Hague where he is studying for his Masters in Composition at the Koninklijk Conservatorium. He graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2015 studying under Dr. Kevin O’Connell and Jonathan Nangle. He is a founding member and co-director of Kirkos and held the position of secretary of the Irish Composers Collective from 2015-2017. Recently his output has focused on a number of multi-disciplinary collaborations with various artists such as Mihai Cucu(visual artist), Laura Sarah Dowdall(dancer/choreographer), Slipdraft(lighting design) and the Experimental Film Society.
Over the past number of years his work has been performed by many of Ireland’s leading musicians and international artists including Kate Ellis, Paul Roe, Sarah Watts, Crash Ensemble, the Dublin Laptop Orchestra, Alluna Ensemble, the Fidelio Trio, Rhombus Quintet, John Feeley, Izumi Kimura, Nick Roth, Alexander Bernstein, Kirkos Ensemble, the Arioso Quartet and the Irish National Youth Ballet.
He has won many awards and is the winner of the Jerome Hynes Young Composers Award 2017 and subsequently has been commissioned by the National Concert Hall, Dublin to write for their SinfoNua orchestra for the 2018 season. He is a two-time winner of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition in 2016 and 2015 whereby his first and second string quartets were premiered at the celebrated festival in Bantry. Also the winner of the Esker Festival Orchestra Call for Scores 2015, whereby his first orchestral piece ‘The Space Inside’ was premiered in Galway and subsequently toured to Limerick, Cork and Dublin by the Orchestra.
He has participated in masterclasses with acclaimed international artists such as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Jorg Widmann, Jonathan Dove, Lisa Limb, Houston Dunleavy, Sebastian Fagerlund, Deirdre Gribbin and others.
Robert also previously received a B.Sc in Architecture from UCD and has a growing urge to explore the visual and physical associations in music in a number of planned future works supported by the Arts Council Music Bursary Award 2017.