RAYMOND DEANE BIOGRAPHY
Raymond Deane brings a Western European training to what would seem a distinctly Irish sensibility. The musical processes that change by degree over the course of each piece, and the subtlety of change within them, give his music its staying power... Music satisfying in its formed integrity and tonal sensitivity... that is worth getting to know. Gramophone Magazine
Raymond Deane was born in Co Galway, on the west coast of Ireland, on 27 January 1953. He was brought up on Achill Island, Co Mayo. From 1963 he lived in Dublin, where he studied at University College Dublin, graduating in 1974. He was a founding member of the Association of Young Irish Composers, and won numerous awards as a pianist.
He subsequently studied in Basle with Gerald Bennett, in Cologne with Karlheinz Stockhausen (although he doesn't consider himself "a Stockhausen pupil"), and in Berlin with Isang Yun.
He was featured composer in the 1993 Accents Festival (with Kurtag) and the 1999 Sligo New Music Festival (with Roger Doyle). He has featured in several ISCM festivals (Mexico City, Manchester, Hong Kong), in the festivals l'Imaginaire irlandais (Paris 1996), Voyages (Montreal 2002), Warsaw Autumn (2004), and regularly in the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers (his Ripieno for orchestra winning a special prize in 2000).
He was artistic director of the first two RTÉ Living Music Festivals (Dublin 2002/2004), showcasing the music of Luciano Berio and contemporary French music respectively.
In 1992 he published Death of a Medium, a novel (Odell & Adair), and he continues to publish essays and articles on culture and politics, most regularly in the Journal of Music in Ireland and on the US/based website Electronic Intifada. In 2001 he was a co-founder of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which he chaired from 2002-5. From 2003-5 he was on the steering committee of the Irish Anti-War Movement.
He was awarded a Doctorate in Composition by the National University of Ireland (Maynooth) in 2005. He has been a member of Aosdána, the government-sponsored academy of artists, since 1986.
Raymond Deane is based in Dublin, Paris, and Fürth (Bavaria).