Fergus Johnston

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Dr. Fergus Johnston (1959-) is an Irish-born composer. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an Honours degree in Music in 1982. In 1999 he completed a Master's Degree in Music and Media Technology at TCD (1999), and in 2011 he received a PhD from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. As a result of his contribution to Irish culture he was elected to membership of Aosdána, Ireland's state-supported artistic academy, in 1992, and was a board member of the National Concert Hall, Dublin from 1996 until 2001.

 

He has been active as a composer since 1981, and his works have been widely performed both in Ireland and abroad. He has written for a wide variety of genres, including dance, and has collaborated on a number of successful projects involving electronic installations.

 

His many works include "Binn an tSíorsholais" (The Peak of Eternal Light) (2004) and “Samsara” (1991) for orchestra, commissioned by RTÉ for the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, “Kaleidophone” (1992) for string quartet, harp and percussion, commissioned by Young European Strings, Cusp (1992) for violin and piano, commissioned by Rubato Dance, "Je goute le jeu..." (1997) for strings, commissioned by the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and a flute concerto (1996) commissioned by RTÉ for the NSOI. He has also written two operas, “Bitter Fruit” (1992), in one act, commissioned by Opera Theatre Company, and “The Earl of Kildare” (2009) in 3 acts. 

 

Recent works include a string quartet written for the Robinson Panoramic String Quartet (2014), commissioned with funds provided by Techne Associates; a piece for flute and electronics, “Emma Coulthard’s Planxty”, written for Emma Coulthard with funds provided by Artsada Ltd; and a new piece for spatially arranged string octet and live electronics, titled “Sinfonia,” (2018) also commissioned with funds provided by Artsada Ltd, performed in the New Music Dublin Festival 2020 by ConTempo String Quartet and Friends. 

He has been lecturer in composition in the School of Music in Trinity College Dublin for a number of periods.

He divides his time between Dublin, Ireland, and Ruse, Bulgaria.

 

Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


2 pieces for Clarinet & Piano Commissioned by Artsada Ltd in 2018 (2018)
Piano Trio for Violin, Cello & Piano (2012)

Soloist (Instrument or Voice) and Fixed Electronic Media


Emma Coulthard's Planxty for flute (with glissando headjoint) and tape (2017)

Symphony Orchestra


Brahms Begins The Day For Symphony Orchestra (2006)

Chamber Ensemble (5 - 9 instruments)


Líofa (Flowing) for flute, cor anglais, bass clarinet, french horn, and string quartet (1995)
2 pieces for Clarinet & Piano Commissioned by Artsada Ltd in 2018 (2018)
Brahms Begins The Day For Symphony Orchestra (2006)
Emma Coulthard's Planxty for flute (with glissando headjoint) and tape (2017)
Líofa (Flowing) for flute, cor anglais, bass clarinet, french horn, and string quartet (1995)
Piano Trio for Violin, Cello & Piano (2012)