Roger Doyle specializes in electroacoustic music. He studied composition on scholarships at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Institute of Sonoly at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) and the Finnish Radio Experimental Music Studio. He has worked extensively in theatre, film and dance, in particular with the music-theatre company Operating Theatre, which he co-founded with actress Olwen Fouere. Babel, his magnum opus, was begun in 1990 and had its first public showing in an entire wing of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 1992 as a dance piece. Subsequent sections were composed during residencies at the University of Washington in Seattle (USA), The Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada) and at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague (The Netherlands). A 5-CD set, Babel, was released to celebrate the work’s completion and the composer’s fiftieth birthday in 1999. Other works include the score for the Gate Theatre’s production of Salomé, directed by Steven Berkoff, which played in Dublin, London’s West End and on three world tours. This music was released on CD in 2000, as was the CD Under the Green Time, a collaboration with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble. A new large-scale work-in-progress Passades has been released on 2 discs so far. Awards include the Programme Music Prize at the 1997 Bourges Competition (France) and the Irish Arts Councils’s Marten Toonder Award (2000) for his innovative work as a composer. Roger Doyle is a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s state-sponsored academy of creative artists.
Dublin (Ireland), 1949
Residence: Bray (Ireland)
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