About Ciaran Hope

Ciaran HopeIrish composer Ciarán Hope studied composition at the DIT Conservatory of Music with Joseph Groocock and Eibhlis Farrell, and at the Prague Conservatory with Ladislav Kubik. Growing up in Ireland, the Dunboyne native studied engineering at Trinity College before receiving a Fulbright Scholarship to attend the world-renowned UCLA film scoring program. Hopes burgeoning career was later recognized by American royalty association BMI, who awarded him a place on their prestigious Conducting Workshop where a select group of 8 composers from their 400,000 membership, were given the opportunity to spend two weeks working intensely with a conductor and live musicians.

A recipient of numerous composition awards including the International Solstice Composition Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship in Film Music, a National Training Commission for Film and Television Bursary, an Arts Council of Ireland Postgraduate Award and the IMRO prize at the RTÉ Musician of the Future, his music was also a finalist at the International Clarinet Association Composition Contest, and the International Song for Peace Contest while he also worked as part of the orchestration team on the Hollywood feature film The Insider which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

In 2006 Hopes first major album release, Etude in Film Score, made the top 40 sales in its first month of release at prominent independent music retailer CDBaby.com and a track from the album, Childhood Ends, was selected for inclusion on an exclusive, limited release CDBaby promotional CD as a result of the album’s success.

Since being awarded an Arts Council of Ireland Project Bursary Award to write the Hope Violin Concerto for Irish violinist Cora Venus Lunny, Hope has undertaken residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Artists retreat in Co. Monaghan and the Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat in remote Co. Kerry to work on the concerto, with the kind support of a Tyrone Guthrie Centre regional Bursary Award and a Cill Rialaig Residency Award. In 2013, he was awarded the position of Composer in Residence at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, where he spent 3 months working on the concerto as well as a suite for orchestra and a new opera on the life of Robert Emmet.

Having recently completed the original film score for the Hollywood Film The Letters based on the life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta (recorded in 2014 with the Macedonian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the New Dublin Voices Choir),  the composer is currently dedicating several intense months putting the final touches on the concerto in close collaboration with Cora, in the hopes of creating a profound new addition to the violin repertoire.


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