frank o'hara on the phone piece


frank o'hara on the phone piece is a type of memorial or maybe a thank you for the American poet whose work I was reading and which had a big impact on me when I was writing this piece.I took the title from a photograph of O' Hara talking on the phone. The version for chamber ensemble was written in 2003 for the English group IXION. The original version was written for the Dutch group Orkest de ereprijs.

Andrew Hamilton IE

Andrew Hamilton was born in Dublin and studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester. Following studies at Oxford University and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester he undertook a PhD in composition at the University of York with the assistance of the Elizabeth Maconchy Composition Fellowship awarded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. From 2002 to 2004 he studied a the Royal Conservatory, The Hague. His composition teachers have included Kevin Volans, Roger Marsh, Anthony Gilbert and Louis Andriessen.

His works have been performed by groups such as the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Singers, the Hilliard Ensemble, Crash Ensemble, the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, de ereprijs, Concorde, [rout], Ixion and the Allegri String Quartet. His works have also featured in major festivals including the Gaudeamus, Huddersfield, Ultraschall Berlin, and RTÉ Living Music festivals, and the Brighton and New Music Days in Hoxton, London. Awards include the 1996 Mostly Modern Composition Prize, first prize in the 2001 Opera Prima Europa competition for his music theatre work, more wrong things, and the 2002 prize at the 8th International Young Composers Forum in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.