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Siobhán Cleary was born in Dublin in 1970. Her concert music has been performed and broadcast widely in Europe, Australia and USA and much of her music has been released on CD.
Siobhán Cleary studied Music and Irish at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and completed a composition masters at Queen’s University Belfast. She also has a Masters in music technology from Trinity College, Dublin. With support from the Irish Arts Council she attended composition courses in Siena (composition under Franco Donatoni and film composition under Ennio Morricone), at the Foundation Royaumont in France (under Brian Ferneyhough) and at Kazmierz-Dolny in Poland (under Louis Andriessen, Tom Johnson and T.S. Mani). She has also studied privately with Tom Johnson and Kevin Volans and participated in a film scoring course under the late Don Brandon Ray former music supervisor of CBS television.
In 1995 she was a finalist in the Yorkshire and Humberside Arts Young Composers’ Award at the Huddersfield Festival. She was awarded a Pépinières Young European Artists award in 1996 for a three-month residency in Bologna. And in 1997 she won first prize in the Arklow Music Festival Competition in Ireland.
Siobhán has also written the music scores for two feature films, ‘Spacejacked!’ and ‘Dangerous Curves’, both of them directed by Jeremiah Cullinane and produced by Roger Corman.
In January 1998 a concert devoted to her music was given at Cité International des Arts in Paris and In September 1998 her “Hum!”, a collaboration with the writer Gerry Beirne, commissioned by the Irish Chamber Orchestra, featured in the first orchestral concert given on a small island, Inisbofin, off the west coast of Ireland. The work, for two actors and strings, was subsequently taken on a national tour, and was described in “The Irish Times” as “a coup de théâtre”.
She has been a featured composer at many festivals and series including the 2004 RTE Living Music Festival, The National Concert Hall Composers Choice series and the RTE Horizons series
From 1998 - 2000 she was Artistic director of the Hugh Lane Contemporary Music series. She is the founding member and Artistic director of IPNM (Ireland Promoting New Music) which curates concerts for established performers and ensemble.
Recent works include ‘Elde’, a commission by the National Chamber Choir with funds from the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, which was performed at the National Gallery of Ireland under the direction of Celso Antunes, and ‘The Dole of the King’s Daughter’, commissioned by RTÉ lyric fm. ‘Non so fair als he was’ was composed and premiered at the CCMIX L‘Ateliers UPIC in Paris in 2006.
She is currently working on an opera on Jack the Ripper.
Siobhán now lives in Riverstown, Co. Sligo Andalou’.
. She has received several comission from Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ), the Irish Public Service Broadcasting Organisation. Her work has also been featured on the BBC programmes `Hear and Now` and `Mixing it`
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