Frank Corcoran

irish composer

TODAY HERE WE HAVE OVER THIRTY FIVE DEGREES OF HEAT – AND RISING

FRANK CORCORAN :

Born 1944 in Borrisokane, Tipperary, near the mighty Shannon river. Studied philosophy, music, ancient languages, theology, in Maynooth, Rome and Dublin and compositio in Berlin ( Boris Blacher ) . Has written orchestral, choral, chamber and computer music .1980 – 81 Berliner Künstlerprogramm. Professor at Hamburg 1983 – 2008 . 1989 – 90 Fulbright Professor in the U.S.A. Guest lecturer at Harvard, Princeton, Indiana, NYU, CalArts, etc. Member of the Irish Academy of the Arts Aosdana since 1982. His works have been recorded and broadcast in Europe, U.S.A., Canada, Australia, etc. First Symphony premiered in Vienna1981.
Represented several times at the International Composers´Rostrum. For his seventieth birthday 2014 CMC Film:
” The Light Gleams ” .

Many commissions and distinctions. Awards include : First Varming Prize for Irish Composers 1974, Dublin Symphony Orchestra Prize 1975, Studio Akustische Kunst 1995 ( JOYCEPEAK MUSIK ), Bourges Festival Premier Prix 1999 ( SWEENEY´S VISION ) , Swedish E.M.S. Prize 2002 ( QUASI UNA MISSA ) , International Foundation for Choral Music 2013 First Prize ( EIGHT HAIKUS ) , Cork International Choral Festival 2012 ( TWO UNHOLY HAIKUS ) etc.

New works include : CELLO CONCERTO ( N.S.O. Dublin 2015 ) , ALL MY ALTO RHAPSODIES ( Italy 2014 ) QUASI UNA STORIA for String Orchestra ( New York 2015 ), VIOLIN CONCERTO ( Irish Radio / N.S.O. 2012 ) CLARINET QUINTET ( RTE commission 2011 ) , NINE ASPECTS OF AN IRISH POEM for Choir and Solo Violin ( NDR 2010 ) , FOUR ORCHESTRAL PRAYERS ( N.S.O. 2010 ) , MAD SWEENEY ( Boston Musica Viva 2006 ) etc.

For discography etc. see www.frankcorcoran.com

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