B I O G R A P H Y


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He has enjoyed fruitful collaborations with musicians such as Finghin Collins, The Irish Chamber Orchestra, Miranda Cuckson, Alex Petcu, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Nathalia Milstein, Music For Galway, ConTempo Quartet, ConCorda Chamber Music, The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, RTÉ NSO, Spotlight Chamber Music Series, Co-Orch Dublin, Fidelio Trio; and festivals such as Ortús Chamber Music Festival, Engage Arts Festival, Killaloe Chamber Music Festival, The New Ross Piano Festival, West Wicklow Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Gregynog Festival - Wales, La Côte Festival - Switzerland, and Musica Nova Festival - Finland. Sam Perkin holds degrees in Composition from CIT Cork School of Music, Ireland, and an Artist Diploma from Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, France. In 2016 he was awarded the prestigious Prix Salabert for Composition from Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, France, and in 2017 he was awarded The Next Generation Bursary from The Arts Council of Ireland.

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Sam Perkin was born in Ireland in 1985. He is composer-in-residence with Crash Ensemble for 2018/19. As part of his residency he will compose a set of pieces inspired by his love of linguistics and explore the sound and music of language amongst other projects. 'Grey Area', his first work for Crash Ensemble, blends the worlds of Street Skateboarding with Contemporary Music and was commissioned by Engage Arts Festival for Crash Ensemble with its world première taking place at Musica Nova Festival, Helsinki. 'Waves' is an attempted self-cure for tinnitus and is the fruit of a bountiful collaboration between The Irish Chamber Orchestra and the composer over the last few years, supported by The Arts Council of Ireland. 'Language', a substantial work for Solo Violin, was commissioned by West Cork Chamber Music Festival for contemporary violin specialist Miranda Cuckson. 'Twitter', for Flute Choir, Audience, Smartphones and Video was recently commissioned for La Côte Flûte Festival, Switzerland.

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The piece I most want to hear again is Perkin’s.
— Michael Dervan, The Irish Times
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This is a piece I want to hear again and again.
— Declan Townsend, The Irish Examiner

RESIDENCIES

Crash Ensemble - Composer in Residence (2018-2019)
RTÉ NSO Composer Lab - Participant (2019)
New Music On The Point, Vermont - Participant (2018)
Tyrone Guthrie Centre - Residency (2018)
Music For Galway - Composer in Residence (2017)
20th Festival of Irish Youth Orchestras - Composer in Residence (2015)
Ostrava New Music Festival - Participant (2013)
ConCorda Chamber Music - Composer in Residence (2013)


AWARDS

Next Generation Bursary - Arts Council Ireland (2018)
Le Prix Salabert - CNSMD de Lyon, France (2016)


RELEASES

Grey Area EP - Crash Ensemble (2019)
In Time - Alex Petcu (2016)
New Music New Ireland - Contemporary Music Centre Ireland (2015)
Spectrum - Voci Nuove (2015)


COMMISSIONS

Killaloe Chamber Music Festival - The Copy and The Original (2019)
Engage Arts Festival - Grey Area (2017-18)
La Côte Flute Festival, Switzerland - Twitter (2018)
Spotlight Chamber Music - String Trio “Flow” (2018)
Irish Chamber Orchestra - Waves (2018)
West Cork Chamber Music Festival - Language (2017)
Music For Galway - Dandling (2017)
Gregynog Festival, Wales - Freakshow (2016)
Ortus Chamber Music Festival - Pause (2016)
New Ross Piano Festival - Nesting Doll (2015)
Gary Beecher - Comet (2014)
Irish Chamber Orchestra - Nimbus (2014)
Irish Association of Youth Orchestras - Inspirit (2013)
Ruxandra Petcu Colan, Gabriela Mayer - 9 Snapshots (2012)
Sabine Ducrot, Michael Joyce - Flute Sonata (2012)
Cork Orchestral Society - String Quartet - (2011)