Dublin born composer Seán Clancy’s (b. 1984) music has been described as ‘exploring the tensions between found and original material, narrative and rupture, elite and vernacular values, and between innovation and intervention’ (Journal of Music).
His music has been commissioned and performed internationally by world-renowned artists including The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Susan Narucki, Garth Knox, Orkest de ereprijs, Crash Ensemble, Fidelio Trio, Quatuor Bozzini, Schubert Ensemble, Darragh Morgan & Mary Dullea, Lontano, Decibel, The Coull String Quartet, Dublin Guitar Quartet, Duo Vita, Ensemble ICC, Ergodos Voices, The Curious Chamber Players, Thumb, Steve Potter and the Composers Ensemble. Additionally, he has received support from organisations such as Britten Pears-Foundation, Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, Sound & Music, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, The Arts Council of Ireland, IMRO and has been broadcast on amongst others; RTÉ lyric fm (Ireland), BBC Radio 3 (UK), and Klassika Raadio (Estonia).
In the 2013/14 season Seán will be a featured composer in the RTÉ NSO Horizons series and in 2013 he was one of two UK based composers selected to participate in the Quatuor Bozzini Composer’s Kitchen in Montreal concluding with a world premiere performance at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, 2013. In the same year he was selected to participate in the New Music Dublin composer workshop with the Fidelio Trio as part of Ireland’s EU Presidency Cultural Programme. In 2012, Seán was a recipient of one of two RTÉ Lyric FM/IMRO Composition Bursaries enabling him to write an orchestral piece for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. From late 2010 to early 2012 he was BCMG/SAM Apprentice Composer in Residence, where he worked closely with the group and American composer David Lang. Other recent achievements include his piece Basso Continuo featuring as part of the Irish national selection for ISCM World New Music Days 2012 in Belgium, his piece Das Lied Von Anderen being selected for the Dublin Literary New Music Trail in celebration of Dublin’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature in 2011 and in the same year his piece Irreversible representing Ireland at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Vienna.
Additionally, his work has been featured at festivals such as the London 2012 Festival (2012), the Heiner Goebbels Frontiers + Festival (2012), Laurence Crane’s 50th Birthday Celebrations (2011), The Birmingham Stockholm exchange (2011), Crash Ensemble’s Free State VI (2011), Louis Andriessen Frontiers + Festival (2010), the Young Composers Meeting, Apeldoorn (2010), Schubert Ensemble’s Chamber Music 2000 project (2009), Crash Ensemble’s Free State III (2008), the York Spring Festival (2008), The Printing house festival of New Music (2007) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2005).
Seán has completed PhD studies at Birmingham Conservatoire, where he is now a Lecturer in Composition and holds degrees from Kings College London, University College Dublin and the Ecole Nationale de Musique. Principle teachers have included Gerald Barry, Joe Cutler, and Howard Skempton. He is a founding member of the Irish Composer’s Collective, a member of the Association of Irish Composers, and is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland.
Dublin born composer Seán Clancy’s (b. 1984) music has been described as ‘exploring the tensions between found and original material, narrative and rupture, elite and vernacular values, and between innovation and intervention.’
His music has been performed and broadcast internationally by many of the worlds leading artists and ensembles and has featured at numerous international festivals of new music. Awards include an RTÉ Lyric FM/IMRO Composition Bursary (2012), selection for the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers (2011) and BCMG/SAM Apprentice Composer in Residence (2011). Principal teachers have included David Lang, Joe Cutler, Howard Skempton and Gerald Barry. He is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin.
More information, scores and recordings available from The Contemporary Music Centre