Kristian Ireland - BIOGRAPHY
Composer, Musician, Researcher (b. 1975 in Melbourne, Australia).
Kristian Ireland is a composer whose music has received performances across Europe, the U.S., the UK, Japan, and Australia, by leading exponents of contemporary music.
Kristian Ireland holds a Doctorate and an M.A. in Music Composition from Stanford University, where he studied primarily with Brian Ferneyhough (doctoral supervisor). He attended Harvard University as a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Music through the 2009-2010 academic year, 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 David L. Young, and at Monash University (Melbourne).
Kristian Ireland was an Artist in Residence at Fondazione Sassi | Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Matera, Italy, 2014), 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 DAAD (Berlin, 2013-2014), the Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research, and Culture in Germany (2012), the Goethe-Institut in Berlin (2012), and the SWR Experimentalstudio Freiburg - matrix12 (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 Venice Biennale (Italy), Wien Modern (Austria), Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt (Germany), Agimus Venezia Autunno (Italy), Asian Composers League Festival (Japan), Wiepersdorf Sommerfest (Germany), All Frontiers Festival (Italy), Melbourne International Arts Festival (Australia), Internationales Musikfestival Höfgen-Kaditzsch, Rochlitz (Germany), Centre Acanthes (France), Sommerakademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart), 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.
Kristian Ireland's music has been performed by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Ensemble SurPlus, Ensemble L'arsenale, Quartetto Maurice, Ensemble für Neue Musik Zürich, The Formalist Quartet, Aphids Trio, Speak Percussion, HOW 2, by noted interpreters including Séverine Ballon, Richard Craig, 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, Pascal Viglino, Yasunori Yamaguchi, by conductors James Avery, Erich Fackert, Warwick Stengards, and Shinji Moriguchi, among others.
Kristian Ireland's music is published by Edition Gravis (Berlin, Germany).
Ireland 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 in Warsaw, Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit | Stiftung Topographie des Terrors (Berlin-Schöneweide, Germany), the 2004 Symposium of the International Musicological Society, The University of Melbourne, and others. He studied piano with Stephen McIntyre and Michael Kieran Harvey, and worked often as a piano accompanist, and as a chamber and orchestral keyboardist, from 1991 to 2001.
He is the recipient of numerous international arts grants and fellowships.