Gerald BarryIE

Gerald Barry was born in Ireland in 1952 and studied composition with Stockhausen and Kagel. He first came to public attention in 1979 with his radical ensemble works ‘__________’ and ‘Ø’. His works have been commissioned by the BBC and performed by the Ulster Orchestra at the 1988 Proms, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Mariinsky Orchestra in 2007.  His first opera The Intelligence Park (recorded on NMC), commissioned by the ICA, was first performed at the 1990 Almeida Festival, and a second opera, The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit, written for Channel 4 Television, opened the 2002 Aldeburgh Festival, followed by performances in London and the Berliner Festwochen. In 1997 The Road was written for the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra gave the German premiere of The Conquest of Ireland in 1998.  Recent commissions include First Sorrow, for Crash Ensemble premiered in October 2007, a work for piano solo, Los Angeles which received its premiere in a special Barry portrait concert at the Miller Theatre, New York in November 2007, and a work for bass voice and ensemble for the BCMG, based on letters of Beethoven, which was premiered in March 2008. Barry's most recent music has been commissioned by Betty Freeman (Le Vieux Sourd for piano) and RTE (No other people. for orchestra).  Barry has enjoyed a long association with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and his music has been performed at the Warsaw Autumn, Musik Triennale Köln, Musica Viva, Festival Présences, Huddersfield and St Denis Festivals, the ISCM and many others. His music has been recorded on the NMC, Largo, Black Box, Marco Polo and Challenge labels.

Gerald Barry