Kristian Ireland Resume

      Composer, Musician, Researcher (b. 1975, Melbourne, Australia).

Kristian Ireland's music has received performances across Europe, the U.S., Australia, and Japan, by leading exponents of contemporary music. Ireland holds a Doctorate and a Master of Arts degree in music composition from Stanford University (California), 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 (Melbourne) studying primarily with Chris Dench, and at Monash University (Melbourne).

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 (Canada, 2009), Denkmalschmiede Höfgen (Germany, 2008), a Japan Foundation Artist Fellow (Japan, 2003), a stipendiary of the Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research, and Culture (2012), Goethe-Institut (Berlin, 2012), and Das Experimentalstudio des SWR Freiburg matrix12 on tour (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), Grosspeter Garage (Basel), CCRMA (California), Hamiltonian Gallery (Washington), CalArts (Los Angeles), ArtSpace Herndon (Virginia), and at conservatories in Denmark, Norway, Portugal, and Spain. 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 Séverine Ballon, 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.

Kristian Ireland's music is published by Edition Gravis (Brühl/Berlin), is available on the innova label (American Composers Forum), and has received radio broadcast in Europe, the U.S., 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 has given lecture and paper presentations at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (Leipzig, Germany), Harvard University, UC Berkeley, USC (Los Angeles), the matrix12 conference of Das Experimentalstudio des SWR at the Goethe-Institut (Warsaw, Poland), the 2004 Symposium of the International Musicological Society, The University of Melbourne, and others.

Ireland participated in masterclasses with Simon Bainbridge, Tristan Murail, and Julio Estrada. He studied piano with Stephen McIntyre and Michael Kieran Harvey, and worked often as a piano accompanist, and as a chamber and orchestral keyboardist.

He also holds a Cambridge CELTA Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (Level 5 English for speakers of other languages), University of Cambridge ESOL.

He is a member of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM), the Australasian Performing Right Association, and his work is represented by the Australian Music Centre.

He is the recipient of numerous international arts fellowships and grants.

Updated:  December 20, 2012

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