David Fennessy

David Fennessy (b. 1976) lives and works in Glasgow.  Fennessy describes his music as following 'a kind of emotional narrative...that finds a tiny crack; a split second in time; an instant and sinks further and further into itself - where time seems to seep out from the centre in all directions. In this way, the shape of the music acts as a kind of freeze frame, looking continuously at the same moment but always zooming in to higher degrees of magnification so that what can appear to be, for instance, a smooth edge can also be revealed to have the most intricate topography.' In 2006/07 Fennessy spent a year at the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt where he worked closely with players on the development of a personal language, focusing on the details of instrumental sounds to build up a unique musical vocabulary. Since then, he has continued to work in this way and applied it to larger and more diverse scenarios. Fennessy gained a BMus (1st class honours) from Trinity College Dublin/College of Music in 1997. He then went on to receive an MMus with Distinction from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2000, and an MMus from Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts in 2007. His recent commissions include: BODIES (2009) commissioned by RTE, premiered by National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Dmitri Jurowski conductor, National Concert Hall, Dublin, February 2010; 13 Factories (2009) commissioned by Ensemble Modern/ Siemens Arts Program for the "into.." project. Premiere at Koncerthaus, Berlin conductor Johannes Kalitzke, October 2009, further performances in Frankfurt, Essen; The room is the resonator(2009) commissioned by Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, premiered by Oliver Coates (cello) April 2009, subsequently programmed by London Sinfonietta, Crash Ensemble (Ireland), Fidelio Trio; Dead-End (1999) performance by BBC Symphony Orchestra, Maida Vale studios, January 2009 conductor Gary Walker, originally commissioned by Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Happy Story (2008) commissioned by Scottish Opera as part of the Five:15 project, premiered at Oran Mor, Glasgow January 2009 conductor Derek Bell; BIG LUNG (2008) co-commission from Le Weekend and Huddersfield Festivals with funds from PRS, premiere by Kevin Bowyer (organ) with Tom De Cock and Asuka Hatanaka (percussion), Stirling, May 2008/ Huddersfield November 2008. He is currently working on new pieces for Da Vinci Trio (Scotland) commissioned by Glasgow University for premiere in October 2010, and for Ensemble Modern as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations 2011, as well as a Multimedia collaboration with visual artist David Shrigley and director Nicholas Bone to result in evening length presentation in Autumn 2011 as a result of a 'Vital Sparks' award.

David Fennessy | Thank you so much for this award; it is truly an honour to receive it. I am greatly relieved to know that, over the coming three years, I will have this guaranteed income. Without the constant noise of the wolf scratching at the door, it will be easier to concentrate on making good work.