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Ciaran Crilly

Lecturer/Assistant Professor, Head Of School
School of Music
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University College Dublin, School of Music, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4

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Ciarán Crilly is Head of School in the UCD School of Music. He has been Conductor/Artistic Director of the UCD Symphony Orchestra since its foundation in 2002, conducting performances in venues such as the National Concert Hall, the National Convention Centre and the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin, as well as on tour in the UK, Germany, Sweden and Belgium. He is Assistant Professor of Orchestral Conducting and Artistic Director of the UCD Ad Astra Academy for the Performing Arts (Music), a scholarship programme for high achieving student musicians. He has taught modules on conducting, formal analysis, orchestration and twentieth-century music. He has also been a lecturer in orchestral conducting for the BMus Performance Degree at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the MA in Film Scoring at Pulse College, Windmill Lane Studios. Ciarán attended King's College London and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (BMus), Goldsmiths, University of London (MA), and UCD (PhD), studying orchestral conducting at the Prague Conservatory of Music. He attended masterclasses in Hungary (Dominique Rouits), The Netherlands (Peter Eötvös), Ireland (Gerhard Markson) and Austria (Salvador Mas Conde), and was Highly Commended at the 2005 Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors. Ciarán has conducted concerts with orchestras in Ireland and abroad (Baden Sinfonietta, Dublin Baroque Players, Dublin Screen Orchestra, Dublin Symphony Orchestra, Hibernian Orchestra, Miró Chamber Orchestra, RIAM Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Savaria Symphony Orchestra), and enjoyed eight years as Principal Conductor of the Dublin Orchestral Players (2007–15). Through his work with the EAR Ensemble, Hilltown Music Festival, Composer’s Forum Ensemble (Trinity College Dublin) and the UCD Ad Astra Academy, he has been involved in the commissioning and performance of many new works. He has recorded extensively for film, TV, radio and commercial releases (Irish Film Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra), and conducted ensembles for a diverse range of artists (Bootleg Beatles, Jerry Fish, Marvin Hammlisch, Jack Lukeman, Queen Classical, Bill Whelan, Wolfe Tones). As a violin and viola player, he has regularly performed with several orchestras (Irish Film Orchestra, Irish Sinfonia, Marlborough Baroque, Orlando Chamber Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra) and popular musicians (Elton John, Paul Weller, Kormac, Lisa Stansfield, Alison Moyet). Ciarán was the recipient of a prestigious Irish Research Council Scholarship to fund research for his PhD, entitled "The (Syn)Aesthetics of Modernism: Music and Visual Art in the Early Twentieth Century" (2008). He has worked as an external examiner for Griffith College Dublin, DKIT, Pulse College and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He has contributed to academic conferences in Ireland, the UK and the United States, and has published articles on the composers Erik Satie, György Ligeti and Bernard Herrmann. He has been a guest speaker on national radio and has presented The Lyric Concert on Lyric FM. Summary of recent conducting activity New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra: 2 concerts as guest conductor, 2018 RIAM Symphony Orchestra: 2 concerts as guest conductor, 2017
 Irish Film Orchestra: 1 recording session, 2016
 Celtic Symphony Orchestra: 6 concerts with Wolfe Tones, 2015–16 Hibernian Orchestra: 1 concert as guest conductor, 2015
 RTÉ Concert Orchestra: 3 concerts, 2 live broadcasts & 5 studio sessions, 2010
– Dublin Baroque Players: guest conductor, 2008–09
 Dublin Orchestral Players: 39 concerts as Principal Conductor, 2007–15 EAR Ensemble: conductor, 2007–2010
 UCD Symphony Orchestra: 42 concerts as Artistic Director, 2002– Dublin Symphony Orchestra: 9 concerts as Principal Guest Conductor, 2001–2006 Other relevant experience/achievements Guest lecturer and studio conductor in Pulse College (Windmill Lane Studios & Bulgarian National Radio Studios), 2016– Director of the Orchestral Manoeuvres annual summer orchestra course at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, 2014– Guest lecturer and external examiner for orchestral conducting in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, 2009– Highly commended by the selection jury of the 2005 Besancon International Conducting Competition First Irish conductor to be selected for the finals of the 2004 Cadaquès Conducting Competition University orchestra collaborations with King’s College London Symphony Orchestra (London, UK), Mannheim Uniorchester (Mannheim, Germany), Queen’s University Symphony Orchestra (Belfast, NI), Royal Academic Orchestra (Uppsala, Sweden), USO Leuven (Leuven, Belgium), Wesleyan University Orchestra (Connecticut, USA) Choral collaborations with AIB Choir, Dublin County Choir, Enchiriadis, Mornington Singers, St. George’s Singers (Belfast), UCD Choral Scholars, UCD Philharmonic Choir,


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