Biography

Raymond Deane

  • Composer

Raymond Deane was brought up on Achill Island, on the west coast of Ireland. Since the age of ten he has lived in Dublin, Basel, Cologne, Berlin, Oldenburg and Paris. From 1974 (when he graduated from University College Dublin) to 1979 he studied composition with Gerald Bennett, Karlheinz Stockhausen and the late Isang Yun. He was awarded a DMus degree by the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, in 2004. He works as a composer, author and political activist, dividing his time between Ireland and France.

His works have been represented at numerous international festivals including the festival ‘L’Imaginaire Irlandais’, the ISCM World Music Days and the International Rostrum of Composers. Between 2002 and 2004 he was artistic director of the RTÉ Living Music Festival. His music has been recorded on the Black Box and Marco Polo labels. He has been a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s state-sponsored academy of creative artists, since 1986.

[source: biography © Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland]