Brian Irvine - composer
“Some of the most exhilarating and imaginative music you'll ever hope to hear…… musical play in the highest sense: exuberant, spontaneous and irresistibly alive.” Washington Post
Brian was born in Belfast. His body of work reflects an obsessive love of music creation in all its forms. It includes operas, orchestral works, large-scale community oratorios, film, theatre and dance scores as well as numerous ensemble, solo, chamber pieces.
His music has been performed and commissioned by many international artists and organisations including: Welsh National Opera (Wales), Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Scotland), Northern Sinfonia (England), RTE National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland), BBC Concert Orchestra (England), Ulster Orchestra (N. Ireland), Irish Chamber Orchestra (Ireland), National Valle d'Aosta Symphony Orchestra (Italy), Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra of Chicago (USA), Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (UK), Darragh Morgan (violin, UK), Paul Dunmall (sax, England), Joanna Macgregor (piano, England), Scottish Ballet (Scotland), Wexford Festival Opera (Ireland), London 2012 Olympics Festival (UK), 4-mality Percussion Ensemble (UK), BBC Radio 3 (UK), Channel Four (UK), BBC TV (UK), RTE TV (Ireland), Northern Ireland Opera (UK), RTE National Concert Orchestra (Ireland), Isabelle O’Connor (piano, Ireland), Homecoming Festival (Moscow, Russia), Channel Four (UK), Opera Theatre Company (Ireland), Sharmanka Kenetic Theatre Company, Maiden Voyage Dance Company (UK), Bath International Music Festival (England), Music Network (Ireland), The Roald Dahl Foundation (UK), Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music (UK), Glasgow International Jazz Festival (UK), The Sage, Gateshead (England), BBC Radio 4 (UK), Live Music Now (UK) to name a few.
Much of Brian’s output has involved collaborations with many diverse artists from a range of disciplines including: Seamus Heaney (poet, Ireland), Cy Twombly (artist, USA), Keiji Haino (guitar, Japan), Jari Nemenin (filmmaker/director, Finland), Joel Simon (producer/director/animator, UK), LAU (BBC Folk Award Winners, UK), David Holmes (producer/composer/DJ, UK), John Mciduff (writer/director, UK).
He was Associate Composer with the Ulster Orchestra for four years (2007-2011).
Together with his own ensemble (BBC Radio 3 Music Award winners) he has toured extensively throughout USA, Russia, France, Portugal, Germany, Scotland, Malta, Cyrus, Poland, Scotland, Ireland, England, Belgium, and the Netherlands and has appeared at some of the world’s leading international music festivals/venues including several appearances at the Bath International Music Festival (UK), Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank (London, UK), Gulbenkian Institute (Portugal), Washington National Library of Congress (USA), Ouest Nord Ouest Festival, (France), Glasgow International Festival (UK), Kościół Św. Jana, Gdańsk (Poland), Festival d'été de Valence (France), Festival Sous les Pommiers, (France) Homecoming Festival (Russia), Dublin Festival (Ireland), Moving on Music Festival (UK), Sonorities Festival of New Music (UK) and The International House of Music (Moscow, Russia).
He has won a number of awards for his work including a British Composers Award for Opera, BBC Radio 3 Jazz Award for best new work, Major Individual Artist Award (Arts Council of Northern Ireland), First Trust/University of Ulster Distinguished Artist Award, the MCPS Joyce Dixey Award for Composition and the Bass Ireland Award.