Raymond Deane

Raymond Deane
(b. 1953)

'My work embodies contradictions that I don’t attempt to overcome: indeed, its character is probably defined by the productive friction of contradictions.'

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Raymond Deane was born in Co. Galway and was brought up on Achill Island, Co Mayo. From the age of ten he lived in Dublin, where he studied at University College Dublin, graduating in 1974. He subsequently studied in Basle with Gerald Bennett, in Cologne with Karlheinz Stockhausen and in Berlin with Isang Yun.

He was featured composer in the 1991 Accents Festival and the 1999 Sligo New Music Festival. His works have featured in ISCM festivals in Mexico City, Manchester and Hong Kong, in the festivals l’Imaginaire irlandais, Voyages and Warsaw Autumn. Since 1971, his works have been featured regurlary in the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers, most recently his “Ripieno” (1998-1999) for orchestra which won a special prize in 2000. He was artistic director of the first two RTÉ Living Music Festivals in Dublin (2002/2004).

In 1992 he published “Death of a Medium”, a novel (Odell & Adair), and he continues to publish essays and articles on culture and politics. In 2006 Field Day published a survey of his work by Patrick Zuk, the first monograph on an Irish composer published during his or her lifetime.

Raymond Deane has been a member of Aosdána, the Irish state-supported academy of artists, since 1986. He was awarded a doctorate in composition by the National University of Ireland in 2005. He is based in Dublin and Fürth (Bavaria).

(biography © Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland)

Composer web site: http://www.raymonddeane.com/

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