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Dublin born composer Dave Flynn’s work encompasses most musical styles including classical, jazz, rock and traditional Irish music. His music has been performed by Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Ioana Petcu-Colan, the Smith Quartet, the ConTempo Quartet and the Dublin Guitar Quartet in concerts and festivals including Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Summergarden in New York, Prague Premieres, the Masters of Tradition Festival and the City of London Festival.
His numerous awards include the 2004 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Composers Award, the 2002 IMRO Award at the Feis Ceoil and grants from the Arts Council of Ireland, IMRO, the Bliss Trust, Galway County Council and Culture Ireland.
Initially self-taught, Dave began formal studies at the DIT Conservatory of Music in 1999, studying guitar with John Feeley. In 2004 he obtained his MMus in composition with Malcolm Singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is due to complete a Research Doctorate through DIT in 2010.
In 2009 an edition of the show ‘New Sounds’ was dedicated to his music and broadcast internationally by New York’s WNYC radio. His guitar pieces ‘Four Études for Five Fingers’ were published worldwide by Mel Bay Publications and his ‘String Quartet No.2 – The Cranning’ was given its US Premiere by the New Juilliard Ensemble at the Summergarden Festival in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2010 ‘Music for the Departed’, a work for Irish fiddle, guitar and violin, was given its US Premiere by Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill and Gregory Harrington at the Irish Arts Center in New York.
Dave is a former founding member of the Dublin Guitar Quartet and he instigated the foundation of the Irish Composers’ Collective. He remains active as a performer and recently released his second album, ‘Contemporary Traditional Irish Guitar’ through Frisbee Records.