Biography

sg-statue Stephen Gardner studied music at the Universities of Ulster and Wales from 1984 to 1990.His first commission was 'Wanting, not wanting', for the Ulster Orchestra, in 1992 (this showed an early desire to express his response to the conflict in the North). Since then, his works have been performed worldwide.

To date, he has composed 10 works for orchestra. A CD of 3 of these works was released to critical acclaim by RTE in 2013. A key to the development of his ensemble writing was the relationship established with 'Concorde', directed by Jane O'leary, resulting in 7 works. He has written a series of choral works (with financial support from The Arts Council) over the past few years.

Recent compositions include ‘No Prayers, Nor Bells’ (2016) for orchestra, which commemorated the 100th anniversary of The Battle of The Somme and a quartet of songs for voice and piano (2016) for the Mezzo soprano Carolyn Dobbin. The Crash Ensemble premiered ‘Jerk’ in March 2017. Also premiered in March this year, by Hard Rain Ensemble, was ‘Guttersnipe’. In April, Te Deum Adoramus Choir premiered ‘Innocent’ in Sofia. This was to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

He was elected to Aosdana, Ireland's state-sponsored academy of artists, in 2003. He lives in Dublin.

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