Born in Dublin in 1948, he studied in Ireland, England, Belgium and Italy. His first compositions - songs, piano pieces and choral works - date from the late 1960s, and his compositional style has been influenced by Bartók, Messiaen, Panufnik, John Adams and Steve Reich. His music has represented Ireland at the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris on five occasions, and has been broadcast on European, American and Canadian networks. He has lectured at the Dublin College of Music and at Trinity College, Dublin, and was Choral Director at RTÉ from 1978-81. He is now head of the music department at Waterford Institute of Technology, and was awarded a D.Phil in composition by the University of Ulster in 1994. He was composer-in-residence at the Newport Music Festival, Rhode Island in 1995 - where he composed The Moon Cradle song cycle for voice, piano and clarinet - and visiting scholar in composition at the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1998. He was a member of the Arts Council from 1989 to 1993.
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