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Greg Caffrey

The Irish composer Greg Caffrey read music at Queen’s University Belfast where he studied composition under Prof. Piers Hellawell and complexist composer James Clarke, completing a PhD in 2002. 


Numerous awards for composition include: First Prize at the Concorso Counterpoint, Italy in May 2012, finalist in the ISME- IVME 2nd International Composition Contest in Brussels in 2008, at the Taukay Edizioni Musicali International Composition Prize in 2012 and the Musica Domani International Composition Prize (USA).His recent orchestral work A Terrible Beautywas designated a “recommended work” in the 4thUuno Klami International Composition Prize by a jury which included Magnus Lindberg and Erkki-Sven Tüür.


Greg has received commissions from numerous performers and ensembles at home and abroad as well as from BBC Radio 3 and the Irish national broadcasting station RTE. His music has been represented at important international festivals and his works have been performed across 17 countries and are represented on 12 record labels. 


Greg is the founder and Artistic Director of Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, 

N. Ireland’s only professional ensemble performing modern and contemporary repertoire, and as such regularly champions and commissions the music of Irish contemporary composers alongside major international figures.


Greg is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland and is a member of the Association of Irish Composers.

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