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date: 16 October 2019

Dennehy, Donnachalocked

  • Bob Gilmore

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(b Dublin, 17 Aug, 1970). Irish composer and ensemble director. The high profile of his compositions internationally, together with his work as artistic director of Dublin’s Crash Ensemble, has distinguished him as one of the best-known voices of his generation of Irish composers. He is a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s state-sponsored academy of artists.

Dennehy studied recorder and flute at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Doris Keogh and theory and harmony with William York, beginning to compose at the age of ten. He undertook undergraduate study at Trinity College, Dublin, studying composition with Hormoz Farhat, analysis with Michael Taylor and counterpoint with Joseph Groocock. He then pursued doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, on a Fulbright Scholarship, where his teachers included Herbert Brün, Salvatore Martirano and William Brooks. Subsequent plans to study in Holland with Andriessen were aborted by the offer of a teaching post in music technology at Trinity College, which he accepted, and he has taught there ever since. In ...

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