Composer Insight with David Coonan

Composer Insight with David Coonan

Composer David Coonan
Join composer David Coonan at Rothe House, Kilkenny on 29 November. David will offer insight into his compositional process and share the inspiration behind his new commission written especially for our November tour.

Our November tour will feature the internationally renowned trio of Anna Dennis (soprano), Jonas Nordberg (lute) and Liam Byrne (viola da gamba) performing together for the first time in Ireland.

The work will be performed as part of our November tour programme. The tour will run in venues across the country from 22 - 30 November.

About the Composer

David Coonan is a composer and multidisciplinary artist, writing music for concert halls, theatre, dance, film, and visual art spaces.

His music has been commissioned/performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, Chamber Choir Ireland, Choir of the Chapels Royal HM Tower of London, RTÉ Contempo and Gildas Quartets.

Recent stage works include Horse Ape Bird (libretto by Carys D. Coburn), a youth opera commissioned jointly by Irish National Opera and Music Generation, and Dēmos, created with Irish choreographer Liz Roche for Liz Roche Company and Crash Ensemble, presented at Dublin Dance Festival 2021.

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the Royal Academy of Music, London, he has won numerous awards for his music, including the Jerome Hynes Composition Award (NCH, Dublin), and the Irish Arts Council’s 2016 Next Generation Award.


Music Network Commissions

We are committed to providing opportunities for Irish composers through our programmes. Commissioning is a vital part of the work we do to nurture music and musicians in Ireland.

Every year we commission a number of new works by Irish composers which are performed by renowned Irish and international performers for audiences across the county as part of our national touring programme.