Dr. Peter Moran

Composer in Residence, UCD

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Peter Moran is a composer and music director whose interests include microtones and tuning systems, postcard miniatures, and sacred choral music.

He received his music degree from University College Dublin and his MA and PhD from the University of York. His awards and commissions include the Carl von Ossietzky Composition Prize, the Walter Becket Cup for Original Song, the Per Cent for Arts Commission and numerous Arts Council Awards. He has held artistic residencies at University College Dublin, the soundSCAPE Contemporary Music Festival in Italy, and the Frédéric Chopin Conservatoire in Paris. His music has featured in concerts and festivals across Europe, Asia and North America, and is released on Ergodos Records and Farpoint Recordings.

Peter is the founder and director of five Javanese gamelan orchestras in Dublin, in University College Dublin and in the National Concert Hall, since he acquired a complete set of gamelan instruments as a gift from the Sultan of Yogyakarta in 2014. His NCH Gamelan Orchestra has performed across Ireland, the UK and Indonesia, at festivals including the Electric Picnic, the Yogyakarta Performing Arts Festival, and the International Gamelan Festival in Java in 2018.

His current compositional interest is in creating choral settings of spiritual texts. When not composing or gamelaning, he can be found playing in local folk music sessions or leading a number of meditation groups in Dublin.