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Ruaidhri Mannion (b.1985) is an Irish composer living in London. As a musician he is fascinated by the entrancing and transcendental properties of sound, music and the act of listening. Drawing on wide range of influences, both musical and extra-musical, his work often combines live instruments and electronics to explore concepts of intuition, collaboration and theatre. Ruaidhri is a Royal College of Music Scholar, currently studying towards his DMus under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Cole and generously supported by the Lucy Ann Jones Award.

Recent projects include an audiovisual music theatre work exploring modern surveillance culture 'London 1:14' with pianist Gwenaelle Rouger, and a commission to write a saxophone sextet for the Royal Academy of Art's critically acclaimed 'Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined' exhibition. In June Ruaidhri's piece 'Occupy the Pianos' for two pianos and electronics will receive its UK premiere as the finale-work to the Occupy the Pianos Festival curated by pianist and composer, Rolf Hind at St John's Smith Square in London. The piece was commissioned by the Association du Concours Nicati in 2012 and premiered at the Bern Biennale in Switzerland by the award-winning Francoise-Green piano duo.

Ruaidhri studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Ken Hesketh, graduating with an MMus in Advanced Composition and awarded distinction. He previously read his BMus at Queen's University in Belfast, beginning his composition studies with Piers Hellawell. In 2011-12 Ruaidhri was selected for PRSF's New Music Incubator project, collaborating with other leading musicians and culminating in artistic residencies in the UK and Sweden. He also won a place at the EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO Academy at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam to focus on his work in live electronics. His music has been performed in the Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK at venues such as King's Place, Royal Academy, Cadogan Hall, Sonic Arts Research Centre, National Portrait Gallery and Konservatorium Bern. His avant-pop remix for the Mercury Quartet's debut album is released on Nonclassical/Naxos. He has taken lessons and masterclasses with Hanspeter Kyburtz, Frederic Rzewski, Simon Holt, Fabio Nieder, Dániel Péter Biró, Detlef Heusinger and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Scores of his work are available from The Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland.

Ruaidhri Mannion   Ruaidhri Mannion, London, Britain (UK)

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