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Kristian Ireland

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Kristian Ireland

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"the end is no process" for mixed ensemble


Composer, Musician, Researcher (b. 1975, Melbourne, Australia).

Kristian Ireland’s music has received performances across Europe, the U.S., the UK, Australia, and Japan, by leading exponents of contemporary music. Ireland holds a Doctorate and a Master of Arts degree in music composition from Stanford University, where he studied primarily with Brian Ferneyhough.

He attended Harvard University as an exchange scholar at the Department of Music (2009-10), studying with Chaya Czernowin. He completed a Bachelor of Music in composition at the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne) studying primarily with Chris Dench and David L. Young, and at Monash University (Melbourne). Ireland was a postdoctoral researcher supported by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), in connection with the Humboldt University of Berlin (Autumn 2013-14).

Ireland was an artist in residence at the Experimental Studio SWR (Südwestrundfunk | Southwest Broadcasting) (Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, 2014-15), Fondazione Sassi Matera | Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Matera, Italy, 2014), Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf (Germany, 2012), Villa Sträuli (Switzerland, 2012), La Napoule Art Foundation (Côte d’Azur, France, 2011), The Banff Centre (Canada, 2009), Denkmalschmiede Höfgen (Germany, 2008), a Japan Foundation Artist Fellow (Japan, 2003), a stipendiary of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange) (Berlin, 2013-2014), the Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research, and Culture (2012), Goethe-Institut (2012), among others. He was a finalist in Der Staubachpreis Competition at the 2008 Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik.

Kristian Ireland’s music featured at the Venice Biennale (Italy), Wien Modern (Austria), Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt (Germany), Centre Acanthes (Luxembourg), Asian Composers League Festival (Japan), and others. His music has been performed by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart,  Ensemble SurPlus, Ensemble L’arsenale, The Formalist Quartet, Quartetto Maurice, by noted interpreters including Séverine Ballon, Richard Craig, Yasutaka Hemmi, among others.

Kristian Ireland’s music is published by Edition Gravis (Berlin, Germany). Details of his work and activities are documented in Stephen Pleskun’s major publication series ‘A Chronological History of Australian Composers and Their Compositions’, volumes 2–4 (Xlibris, 2012-2014).

He undertook research at the Archivio Luigi Nono (Venice, Italy, 2005), the Toho Gakuen School of Music (Tokyo, 2003), the Kyoto City University of the Arts (Kyoto, 2003). He has given lecture and paper presentations at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (Leipzig, Germany), Harvard University, UC Berkeley, USC (Los Angeles), the matrix12 conference of the Experimental Studio SWR (Südwestrundfunk) at the Goethe-Institut (Warsaw, Poland), Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit | Stiftung Topographie des Terrors (Berlin-Schöneweide, Germany), the 2004 Symposium of the International Musicological Society, the German Studies Association of Australia (GSAA) 2014 International Conference – ‘Das Fremde und das Eigene/The Self and the Other’ (The University of Sydney), and others.

He is involved in a long-term research project on the history of Ostarbeiter (east workers), forced labourers (see

He also holds a CELTA Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (Level 5 – English for speakers of other languages), University of Cambridge ESOL.

He is the recipient of numerous international arts fellowships and grants (see
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