Emma O’Halloran | Composer


Emma O’Halloran


Emma O’Halloran is an Irish composer and vocalist who freely intertwines acoustic and electronic music. A recent graduate from the doctoral programme at Princeton University, she has written for folk musicians, chamber ensembles, turntables, laptop orchestra, symphony orchestra, film, and theatre. For her efforts, she has been praised by I Care If You Listen editor-in-chief Amanda Cook for writing “some of the most unencumbered, authentic, and joyful music that I have heard in recent years,” and has won numerous competitions, including National Sawdust’s inaugural Hildegard competition and the Next Generation award from Beth Morrison Projects. The Wait, her contribution to INO’s 20 Shots of Opera was praised as “a real gem . . . a provocative work that grips the imagination” (Operawire) and as a piece that “journeys into dark, and often disturbing spaces” (The Arts Review). Her music aims to capture the human experience, exploring complex emotions felt in specific moments in time. This approach has found a wide audience. Her work has been featured at the international Classical NEXT conference in Rotterdam, the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, and MATA Festival, and has also been performed by Crash Ensemble, Contemporaneous, Khemia Ensemble, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. She is currently working on her first full-length opera, Trade, which will be developed, produced, and toured internationally by Beth Morrison Projects

April 2021

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