Eoghan Desmond wins Jerome Hynes Young Composers’ Award
The National Concert Hall has announced 26-year-old Dublin-based composer Eoghan Desmond as the winner of the 2015 Jerome Hynes Young Composers’ Award.
The award is a commission of a new work for mezzo-soprano and piano and Desmond will work with 2014 Bernadette Greevy Bursary Awardee, mezzo soprano Gemma Ní Bhriain, on this piece. It will be premièred during the Bernadette Greevy Bursary Recital on 7 October.
Judges Bernadette Marmion and Professor Gerard Gillen awarded the Cork-born composer, conductor and bass-baritone the €2,500 prize based on his submission of two pieces, Phrases for mid-voice and piano and Ave Maris Stella for piano trio.
Eoghan Desmond holds a BA in music and an MPhil in composition, both from Trinity College Dublin, where he studied under Evangelia Rigaki, Matthew Barnson and Donnacha Dennehy. A choral musician since the age of 9, he composed his first mass at the age of 12, and has since had his choral music performed by the National Chamber Choir (now Chamber Choir Ireland) and both of Dublin’s Anglican Cathedral Choirs. This year, he also won the Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition at the Cork International Choral Festival.
Former winners of the Jerome Hynes Young Composers’ Award include Alex Dowling and Amanda Ferry as joint winners in 2013 and Emma O’Halloran in 2012.