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Christopher Corcoran


Chris Corcoran is a composer from Hamburg, Germany, and is studying for a PhD in Composition with Richard Causton. His pieces have been performed in the UK, Ireland, Germany, and Italy, and he also writes music for film and theatre. Until December 2015 he is a composer in residence with Club Inégales in London through Sound and Music’s ‘embedded’ scheme.


As an electric and classical guitarist, Chris’s compositions draw on blues, jazz, and rock influences, as well as on classical music and contemporary composition practices. As a result, he is particularly interested in researching how the technical intricacies and subtle mannerisms of popular music styles can be used to create new possibilities in contemporary concert music.


Chris graduated from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, with a double First-Class Honours degree in English and Music, winning the class prize for the highest final exam results in BA Music. During his time in Maynooth he was awarded an entry scholarship, shortlisted for the Irish Undergraduate Award essay competition, and accepted for two summer research assistantships, for one of which he is acknowledged on the international musicological database FMC. He went on to study instrumental composition at King’s College London, gaining a Masters with Distinction, and digital and studio composition at City University, gaining a Masters in Composing for Moving Images. Before coming to Cambridge, Chris worked for publishers Schott Music and Oxford University Press, as well as for the Philharmonia Orchestra on their exhibition Universe of Sound at the Science Museum in London.

Research Interests

Contemporary music and composition; popular music; performance practice; notation; improvisation