David Fennessy

David Fennessy (b.1976)

David Fennessy was born in Maynooth, Co. Kildare. He began his musical life as guitarist in a school rock band, but had no formal musical training until the age of fifteen. He subsequently studied music at Trinity College Dublin and composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with James MacMillan. In 2006, David was invited to spend a year at Ensemble Modern's prestigious International Academy in Frankfurt and he is currently working on a piece for the group as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations in 2011.

His music has been performed nationally and internationally by groups including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, Hebrides Ensemble, Paragon Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, National Chamber Choir of Ireland, and has been broadcast by RTÉ and BBC.

His music has been recorded on the Black Box, Natural Studio and SevenThings labels and published by Universal Edition.

Recent work includes 13 Factories (Ensemble Modern); Happy Story (Scottish Opera); BIG LUNG (Le Weekend and Huddersfield festivals); The room is the resonator (Oliver Coates, cello); Foot Foot and other stories (Scottish Flute Trio); This is how it feels (Another Bolero) (RTÉ Concert Orchestra); bow your head (Alba Quartet); The Answer Machine (Paragon Ensemble), The Fault Between Us (New Territories Festival); and room, an evening length, music-theatre work created with the Hebrides Ensemble.

David currently lives in Glasgow and teaches composition at the RSAMD. In November 2010, David received a prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award. This prestigious UK award, providing significant support over three years, aims to give artists the freedom to develop their creative ideas and contribute towards their personal and professional growth.

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