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Belfast born composer Deirdre Gribbin was educated at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2003 she was a finalist in the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers for her orchestral work ‘Empire States’ which has been played in twenty-eight countries. She won an Arts Foundation award for her opera ‘Hey Persephone!’ This was commissioned and performed at the Aldeburgh Music Festival and also in London at the Almeida Theatre. Gribbin’s orchestral work ‘Unity of Being’, was the first International performance in New York City after 9-11 at the opening of UKwithNY Festival in the presence of Prince Andrew. She was interviewed for a cover article in The New York Sunday Times Arts supplement talking about the impact of the conflict in Belfast on her music. Recently the BBC Symphony Orchestra broadcast her piano concerto ‘The Binding of the Years’, inspired by an Aztec exhibition at the British Museum. She was commissioned to set Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney’s ‘Anahorish’ as a gift on his receiving a lifetime achievement award at Queen’s University Belfast. ‘Hearing your Genes Evolve’ for quartet is a feature of a Film Tank documentary to be released in June 2014. She has worked with Sir Patrick Stewart and Benedict Cumberbatch and wrote the music for Sky Pictures ‘My Kingdom’ starring Richard Harris in his last film. Her music is available on the NMC label.

She was a Visiting Arts Fellow at Trinity College Cambridge and a Leverhulme Trust Fellow Resident Artist at The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge where she wrote a new quartet based on genetics in 2012. Deirdre was a Fulbright Scholar and studied at Princeton University. In 2013 she completed a Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship.

Photo: Deirdre Gribbin from her production of Venus Blazing

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