David Coonan’s music has been performed by groups including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RAM Manson Ensemble, EXAUDI vocal ensemble, the Choir of the Chapels Royal HM Tower of London, the RTÉ Contempo Quartet, and the Gildas Quartet, and by conductors including Gavin Maloney, Maxime Tortelier, François-Xavier Roth, Pierre-André Valade, and Elgar Howarth.
A frequent collaborator, he has recently worked with visual artist Niamh McCann (Furtive Tears, Hugh Lane Gallery), playwright Dylan Coburn Gray, and theatre-makers Wayne Jordan and Marina Carr (Anna Karenina, Abbey Theatre). He is currently collaborating with choreographer Liz Roche on a major new project for 2021.
He has won numerous awards including the Irish Arts Council's Next Generation Award, the Jerome Hynes Composition Award (NCH, Dublin) and the IMRO Composition Award, and has held residencies with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (BBCSO/Sound and Music ‘Embedded’ composer-in-residence 2015-16), chamber-music collective Vivre Musicale, and at the Contemporary Music Centre and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.
He studied at Trinity College Dublin with Donnacha Dennehy, and at the Royal Academy of Music, London with Christopher Austin.