Donnacha Dennehy | Composer


Donnacha Dennehy

This Season

The Second Violinist


Donnacha Dennehy’s music has featured in festivals and venues throughout the world. In addition to two operas with Enda Walsh, The Last Hotel and The Second Violinist, recent large-scale commissions include The Hunger, a docu-opera for Alarm Will Sound (presented by BAM and Opera Theatre St. Louis), Broken Unison for So Percussion (commissioned by Carnegie Hall), Tessellatum for Nadia Sirota, Liam Byrne and microtonal viol consort (commissioned by Symphony Space), and pieces for Dawn Upshaw (commissioned by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra), Third Coast Percussion (commissioned by the Met Museum in New York), Kronos Quartet, and the Doric Quartet (co-commissioned by Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall). This coming season includes the premieres of a choreographed version of his percussion quartet, Surface Tension, at BAM and a commission from the LA Philharmonic. He continues to maintain a close artistic connection with the group he founded, Crash Ensemble, and they feature in both the operas with Walsh. Portrait albums of his music have been released by Nonesuch, Cantaloupe, NMC and Bedroom Community. Two new recordings are forthcoming in the coming season: The Last Hotel (Cantaloupe), and The Hunger (Nonesuch). Dennehy joined the music faculty at Princeton University in 2014. His music is published by G. Schirmer, New York.