Morgan Buckley is a member of Magdalene College and a PhD student in the Faculty of Music, funded by the Richard Carne Trust.
Under the supervision of Prof Ian Cross and Dr John Hopkins, he is conducting a phenomenological research project investigating the collaborative compositional process, particularly the performer’s creative agency.
He received his performance degrees from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama (distinction, placed first), Trinity College, London (fellowship, highest award distributed by the college), and the Royal College of Music, London (distinction, placed first in year one). Performances have taken him to prestigious venues such Cadogan Hall, National Gallery Trafalgar Square, the Victoria and Albert Museum, St. James’ Piccadilly, the Bath Guitar Festival, Royal Dublin Society (RDS), the Boyle Arts Festival and the National Concert Hall of Ireland.
Still early in his career, he has commissioned new works from a diverse range of composer backgrounds including those from the United States, Spain, the UK, Ireland and Brazil.
Morgan is delighted to perform on a lattice-braced guitar made by luthier Philip Woodfield.
'Communicating with the Orishas: Exploring cross culturation and the creative process in two commissions on Yoruba Bata drumming music', Performance Studies Network Conference 2016, Bath Spa University
'Communicating with the Orishas: Exploring cross culturation and the creative process in two commissions on Yoruba Bata drumming music', Society for Musicology in Ireland Annual Plenary Conference 2016, St Patrick's College, Dubin City University
'Creative Collaborative Composition: Evaluating the distribution of creativity in four new works for solo guitar', PhD Day 2016, University of Cambridge
'Communicating with the Orishas: Exploring cross culturation and the creative process in two commissions on Yoruba Bata drumming music', International Guitar Research Centre Conference 2016, University of Surrey
'The Performer as a Creative Agent to the Collaborative Compositional Process', Eighth Annual Society for Musicology in Ireland Postgraduate Conference 2016, University of Ulster
'Five Bagatelles by William Walton and Julian Bream: A case study in distributed creativity', International Guitar Research Centre Conference 2014, University of Surrey
Awards and Funding Grants
- PhD Research Funding, Richard Carne Trust (2014-6)
- New Commission Funding, Richard Carne Trust (2016)
- Arnold Bentley New Initiatives Fund, Society for Education and Music Psychology Research (2015)
- Promoting the profile of women composers in music, Ambache Charitable Trust (2015)
- In support of contemporary music performances, Holst Foundation (2015)
- Research output funding, Williams Barry Squire Fund, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge (2014-6)
- Anne Leahy Gold Medal for research, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama (2012)
Talking Drums, Stephen Goss, 2016
Two Études and a Fantasy on African Rhythms, Mark Delpriora, 2016
Soliloquy no.5, Edwin Roxburgh, 2015
Grimm Tales, David Knotts, 2015
Hue and Chroma, Gráinne Mulvey, 2015
With the Ideal Comes the Actual, Kate Honey 2015
Ohrwurm, Kate Honey, 2014
Incidental Guitar Music, Arild Suarez Stenberg, 2014
Resonance piece #1 falling, rising, rising, falling, Louis d’Heudieres, 2013
Two Studies for two guitars, Mateus Alves, 2012
2013-6, Lincoln Award, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge
2015, Dorothy Kolbert Prize, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge
2013, Prizewinner, Ivor Mairants Guitar Award, Worshipful Co. of Musicians
2012, Guitar Prize, Royal College of Music
2012, Rising Star, Royal College of Music
2011, Patrick Flood Trophy, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama
2011, Conservatory Study Prize, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama
2011, Contemporary Irish Guitar Cup, Royal Dublin Society Feis Ceoil
2011, RTÉ Lyric FM Bursary, Sligo Feis Ceoil
2010, Guitar Bach Prize, Royal Dublin Society Feis Ceoil
2010, Senior Guitar, Royal Dublin Society Feis Ceoil