Gerald Barry

  • Clarecastle, Ireland, 1952
  • Composer

Gerald Barry was born in Ireland in 1952 and studied composition with Stockhausen and Kagel. Barry’s music has been performed at the Warsaw Autumn, Musik Triennale Köln, Musica Viva, Festival Présences, Huddersfield and St Denis Festivals, the ISCM and many others. His music has been recorded on the NMC, Largo, Black Box, Marco Polo and Challenge labels. In 2002, Barry celebrated his own fiftieth birthday, the festivities of which were started with the world premiere tour of Dead March by the BCMG in Birmingham, London and Paris. The piece was later nominated for an Ivor Novello Award. Summer 2002 saw the first live performances of the opera The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit in Aldeburgh, London and Berlin. Barry was a featured composer in the 2002 Almeida, Aldeburgh, and Huddersfield festivals. In 2005 the stage premiere of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (recorded on RTE) was given at English National Opera and the German language premiere will be given at the Basle Opera in 2008. He is currently working on La Plus Forte (The Stronger), a one act opera on the Strindberg play commissioned by Radio France for the 2007 Festival Presences.