Greg Caffrey (1963)

Greg Caffrey 1963 - The Irish composer Greg Caffrey read music at Queen’s University Belfast where he studied composition under Piers Hellawell and James Clarke. He was awarded a B.Mus. in 1995 and completed a PhD in 2002. He has won a number of awards and scholarships that include the Hamilton Harty Scholarship, May Turtle Award and an award from the Harrison Foundation. He was a finalist in the ISME- IVME 2nd International Composition Contest in Brussels in 2008, in the Taukay Edizioni Musicali International Composition Prize in 2012, the Musica Domani International Composition Prize (USA) and he took first prize at the Concorso Counterpoint, Italy in May 2012.

His compositions have been performed in Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Argentina, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, U.S. Bangkok, China and Brazil receiving critical acclaim.


His music has been recorded on the Meridian, Naturalstudio, Cactus, CMC, Diatribe, Edition 7 and RTE Lyric FM record labels. The formation of his own ensemble, “Greg Caffrey Circle”, in 2000, allowed him to release an album of his own compositions entitled “Child’s Play”. His latest album, “Ogden Caffrey – First Construction in Nylon”, is a collection of his music for guitar performed by Australian guitarist Craig Ogden and it has met with much critical acclaim. Classical Guitar Magazine described the album as “contemporary music at its very best”.


Greg has received commissions from many performers and ensembles at home and abroad as well as from BBC Radio 3, the Irish national broadcasting station RTE and The Ulster Orchestra. His music has been represented at important international festivals: Musica Nova Fesitval in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Zwischen den Horizonten, Germany, Forfest Festival, Czech Republic and the 45th Parallele, Valence, France to name a few.


More recently Greg has been responsible for the artistic directorship of Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, Northern Ireland’s only ensemble entirely devoted to contemporary and 20th Century music repertoire. Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble is a charitable not for profit organization that seeks to promote Irish new music at home and abroad.

Future projects include: the premiere of his work Environments I, for orchestra & piano with the Ulster Orchestra and Finghin Collins to be broadcast live on the BBC's Hear and Now; the concert premiere of The Chronic Identity Crisis of Pamplemousse, a children's opera in co-production with HRSE and NI Opera on 27th May 2018, and a new commission for HRSE, ...for peace comes dropping slow, to be premiered on 12th April 2018.


Greg is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin and is a member of the Association of Irish Composers.