Philip Martin Composer

Philip's career as a Composer goes parallel with his life as a celebrated and acclaimed concert pianist. As such, he is part of a select, but dying breed of musician. His creative output has resulted in numerous major works across a wide variety of genre. These include Three Piano concertos, several shorter works for piano and orchestra, a Harp concerto, a symphony, some 300 songs and many chamber and choral works.

Besides writing for his own instrument, two piano pieces have recently been chosen by the ABRSM for inclusion for Grades 3 and 8, his many commissions include the Harp Concerto which has been represented in two World Harp Congresses and appears on the Marco Polo label in the Irish Composerís series played by Andreja Malir.

Philip's music has received hundreds of performances worldwide,among others, at the Cheltenham and Lichfield Festivals, Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals in the United States, and he enjoys working to commission, the latest being a choral work for the RTE Youth choir with the RTE Concert orchestra.

Other large choral works have included a 90 minute commission from the Dublin Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the Millennium.

He has recently been honoured with a Professorship from the City University of Birmingham for his composing achievements and his contribution to the arts in general. Further recognition has resulted in a fellowship from his alma mater, the Royal Academy of music in London.

He is also a member of Aosdana, Irelandís state-sponsored academy of creative artists.

People, art, and places are invariably starting points for Philip's music and he holds a BA degree in Art history from the Open University.

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