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Emma O Halloran
Media Release 6 February 2013

Contemporary Composer, Emma O’Halloran, wins National Concert Hall Jerome Hynes Competition with ‘Cages’ set to première in March 2013

Irish composer Emma O'Halloran, originally from Athlone, Co. Westmeath, is the winner of the Jerome Hynes Young Composers’ Competition 2012, awarded by The National Concert Hall. The award is for the commission of a new work for chamber ensemble, offering the composer a unique opportunity to work collaboratively with professional musicians on the performance of this new work. As well as securing a substantial cash prize of €2,500, Emma will have her new composition Cages performed on Friday, 1st March, 6.45pm as part of the New Music Dublin Festival at the National Concert Hall.

Simon Taylor, Chief Executive of the National Concert Hall, comments, ‘We are delighted to announce Emma O’Halloran as this year’s winner. It has been a privilege to host the Jerome Hynes Young Composers’ Competition once again. Endorsing and encouraging young composers is an important part of the remit of the National Concert Hall. This competition offers an important platform for aspiring composers throughout Ireland.’

Emma said ‘I was absolutely thrilled to be selected as the winner. Collaboration is essential to my practice, and this award offers me the unique opportunity to work with professional musicians on this new work, in the months leading up to the premiere. It’s also a great honour to have the piece performed in the New Music Dublin Festival, which will feature music by some of my favourite composers.’

Based in Dublin, Emma is a member of the Irish Composers' Collective, the International Computer Music Association and the Association of Irish Composers. Her music has been performed by Concorde, Crash Ensemble, Orkest de Ereprijs and the Dublin Laptop Orchestra, among others. In 2012, Emma was commissioned by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra to compose Whisper City, a landmark work for laptop orchestra and symphony orchestra.

Emma holds a BMus International from NUI Maynooth and the University of Miami, Florida, along with a Masters in Music Composition from NUI Maynooth. She also holds a Diploma in Orchestral Conducting from the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Emma’s new commission Cages is scored for voice, piano, horn and electronics. Her current work explores the combination of acoustic and electronic instruments and her music is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre.

The world première will take place on Friday, 1st March, 6.45pm at the National Concert Hall followed by a panel discussion previewing the inaugural New Music Dublin Festival. The three-day festival of new music will showcase the work of major international and Irish composers at the National Concert Hall.

Highlights of the New Music Dublin Festival 1st – 3rd March include the world-première of Kundraan and the Arctic Light by Swedish composer/performer Christian Lindberg with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra; the Irish premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Symphony No. 4 (a recent work that offers direct criticism of President Vladimir Putin) performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Ronan Guilfoyle’s ‘ Counterparts: Joyce in London and Paris’.

For further information on the above please contact:
Paul-Valette Devine
Marketing & PR Assistant
National Concert Hall
Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2.
Tel: 01 417 0084
E-mail: paul-valette.devine@nch.ie