Brian Irvine, Composer

Brian Irvine was born in Belfast. His body of work reflects an obsessive love of music creation in all its forms and includes operas, orchestral works, large-scale oratorios, installations, film, theatre and dance scores as well as ensemble, solo, chamber works. His music is a highly personal concoction of punk, improvisation and contemporary classical – difficult to describe – this how others have described it…

He has been commissioned by many international orchestras, opera companies, theatres and has toured extensively with his own 12 piece ensemble. He has won a number of awards for his music including – British Composers Award for Opera and the BBC Radio 3 Jazz Award. His Junk opera Postcards from Dumbworld was shortlisted for the Irish Times Opera Award (2011) and his BBC Radio 3 commission Secret Cinema was nominated for a BBC Radio 3 Listeners Award (2011). Rain Falling Up was also shortlisted for a British Composers Award (2012).

Brian Irvine’s new piano trio was commissioned for Fidelio Trio Winter Festival with funds from Arts Council Ireland.


Louis Karchin, Composer

Hailed as a composer of “fearless eloquence” (Andrew Porter, The New Yorker), Louis Karchin has been honored with performances of his music throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East. He has been championed by such organizations as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Fort Worth Opera, the Center for Contemporary Opera, Tanglewood, the Guggenheim Museum, the Louisville Orchestra, the Group for Contemporary Music, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the New York New Music Ensemble, and many more. His music is recorded on Bridge, Naxos, New World, Albany and CRI labels, and his compositions are published by C. F. Peters Corporation and the American Composers Alliance. Mr. Karchin is the recipient of numerous awards for his work including Koussevitzky, Fromm and Barlow Foundation Commissions, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and three awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Active as a conductor, he has founded or co-founded noted performing ensembles including the Harvard Group for New Music, the Chamber Players of the League-ISCM, the Washington Square Ensemble, and most recently, the Orchestra of the League of Composers. He is Professor of Music at New York University.

Fidelio Trio are delighted to present the world premiere of new piano trio by distinguished American composer Louis Karchin.