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Finola Merivale

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Finola Merivale is an Irish composer living in New York. She is pursuing a DMA in Composition at Columbia University, where she is studying with George Lewis, Georg Friedrich Haas and Zosha Di Castri. Her music is fuelled by her thoughts on social injustice and climate change. She has lived on three different continents and a sense of place – both real and imagined – also greatly inspires her work.  

Her music has been performed internationally and featured at prestigious festivals such as the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, the Contemporary Music Festival of Buenos Aires and Vox Feminae Festival in Tel Aviv.  Her works have been performed by musicians of the Chicago and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Talea Ensemble, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Desdemona Ensemble, Bearthoven and Crash Ensemble, amongst others. She has won numerous awards including the West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition (2015), the Wild Rumpus Ensemble Commissioning Competition (2015), multiple Travel and Training Awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, the U.S. State Department-funded Fusion Arts Award (2009) and the Staf Gebruers Award for Excellence in Music in University College, Cork.  In 2017, she completed a Master of Arts in Music Composition, as the George Crumb Graduate Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

In the summer of 2020, she will spend one month living in Paris, where she has been awarded a residency from the Centre Culturel Irlandais. 2020–2021 projects include Ceasing Sands – a bassoon septet commissioned by Rebekah Heller, Glacial Fading for piano and electronics for Karl Larson, a percussion quartet for Adam Groh, and Trash Vortex – Finola’s first multimedia work, commissioned by Real Loud. 

Emma Are Eye

Trio for piano, percussion and electric bass. Composed for Bearthoven, November 2016. Video by Crash Ensemble from live performance in May 2017.

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Do You Hear Me Now?

“Do You Hear Me Now?” for string trio, performed by Desdemona Ensemble.

Recording from live performance at Areté Gallery in Brooklyn, NYC, June 2019.

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falling flames

“falling flames” for open instrumentation. Performed by International Contemporary Ensemble.

Recorded at the Abron Arts Center in April 2018.

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