Greg Caffrey

Greg-CaffreyGreg Caffrey 1963 - The Irish composer Greg Caffrey read music at Queen’s University Belfast where he studied composition under Piers Hellawell and James Clarke. He was awarded a B.Mus. in 1995 and completed a PhD in 2002. He has won a number of awards and scholarships that include the Hamilton Harty Scholarship, May Turtle Award and an award from the Harrison Foundation. He was a finalist in the ISME-IVME 2nd International Composition Contest in Brussels in 2008, in the Taukay Edizioni Musicali International Composition Prize in 2012, the Musica Domani International Composition Prize (USA) and he took first prize at the Concorso Counterpoint, Italy in May 2012.
His compositions have been performed in Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Argentina, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Estonia, U.S. Bangkok, China and Brazil receiving critical acclaim.
His music has been recorded on the Meridian, Naturalstudio, Cactus, CMC, Diatribe, Edition 7 and RTE Lyric FM record labels. The formation of his own ensemble, “Greg Caffrey Circle”, in 2000, allowed him to release an album of his own compositions entitled “Child’s Play”. His latest album, “Ogden Caffrey – First Construction in Nylon”, is a collection of his music for guitar performed by Craig Ogden and it has met with much critical acclaim. Classical Guitar Magazine described the album as “contemporary music at its very best”.
Greg has received commissions from many performers and ensembles as well as from BBC Radio 3 and the Irish national broadcasting station RTE and The Ulster Orchestra. Greg lecturers in Music at SERC. Previously he was composer in residence with the London based orchestra EMFEB and was a registered artist with Creative Youth Partnerships. Greg is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin and is a member of the Association of Irish Composers. His music is published by Australian publishers Reed Music.