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Kristian Ireland : Associate Artist

Photo of Kristian Ireland

Photo: Emma McCormack/Verve Portraits


Kristian Ireland's music has received performances across Europe, the US, Australia, and Japan, by leading exponents of contemporary music. Ireland holds a Doctorate and an MA in music composition from Stanford University, where he studied primarily with Brian Ferneyhough. He attended Harvard University as a visiting scholar at the Department of Music (2009-2010), studying with Chaya Czernowin. He completed a Bachelor of Music in composition at the Victorian College of the Arts studying primarily with Chris Dench, and at Monash University.

Ireland was an artist in residence at Villa Sträuli (Switzerland, 2012), Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf (Germany, 2012), La Napoule Art Foundation (Côte d'Azur, France, 2011), the Banff Centre (2009), the Denkmalschmiede Höfgen (Germany, 2008), a Japan Foundation Artist Fellow (Japan, 2003), a stipendiary of the Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research, and Culture (Germany, 2012), and the Goethe-Institut (Berlin, 2012). He was a finalist in Der Staubachpreis Competition at the 2008 Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik. The event is documented in UK-based filmmaker Andrew Chesher's Knots and Fields, and was broadcast on hr2-kultur (German radio).

Kristian Ireland's music featured at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt (Germany), Agimus Venezia Autunno (Italy), Asian Composers League Festival (Japan), Centre Acanthes (France), Wiepersdorf Sommerfest (Germany), Nuova Musica a Treviso (Italy), Melbourne International Arts Festival (Australia), Internationales Musikfestival Höfgen-Kaditzsch, Rochlitz (Germany), Sommerakademie Schloss Solitude (Germany), the Philharmonie Luxembourg, Chromas Association of New Music (Tuscany), Casa della Musica (Trieste), and others. His music has been performed by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Ensemble SurPlus, Ensemble L'arsenale, Ensemble für Neue Musik Zürich, the Formalist Quartet, Aphids Trio, Speak Percussion, HOW 2, by noted interpreters including Frank Cox, Chris Gross, Yasutaka Hemmi, Matt Ingalls, Graeme Jennings, Shino Kataoka, Deborah Kayser, Yu Kobayashi, Josh Levine, Marshall McGuire, Geoffrey Morris, Peter Neville, Stephen Robinson, Rikuya Terashima, Yasunori Yamaguchi, by conductors James Avery, Erich Fackert, Warwick Stengards, and Shinji Moriguchi, among others.

Ireland's music is published by Edition Gravis (Berlin), is available on the innova label (American Composers Forum), and has received radio broadcast in Europe, the USA, and Australia.

He conducted research at the Archivio Luigi Nono (Venice, Italy, 2005), the Toho Gakuen School of Music (Tokyo, 2003), the Kyoto City University of the Arts (Kyoto, 2003), and with the Kyoto Gagaku Association Ensemble, at the Nishiki-tenmangu shrine (Kyoto, 2003). He is the recipient of numerous international arts grants.

Kristian Ireland — current to December 2012