Deirdre Gribbin

Professorial Staff - Composition


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9JF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444


"A charismatic voice in new music"

- The Guardian.
Deirdre Gribbin


Deirdre Gribbin has been featured at Lincoln Center New York and City College New York with her orchestral work Unity of Being, and the Taipei and Presence Paris festivals. In 2006, Goliath, her concerto for percussion and orchestra opened the Belfast Festival. Deirdre was also featured in the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Music of Today Series at the Royal Festival Hall in 2001. Her violin concerto Venus Blazing toured the UK with soloist Ernst Kovacic in 2004 with lighting by Bruce Springsteen’s lighting designer Jeff Ravitz and was directed by Lou Stein. Her second opera Crossing the Sea premiered at Wilton’s Music Hall in 2008. Richard Morrison in The Times wrote “…if she writes another opera as haunting as this, she and we will be lucky.”

Deirdre Gribbin has received performances on BBC Radio 3, Radio France, and at the Almeida and Aldeburgh Festivals. She has written music for Richard Harris’ film My Kingdom, which was nominated for a Screen International award, works extensively in radio and has collaborated with director and writer Lou Stein on Embers, starring Patrick Stewart, and Dostoevsky’s The Possessed for BBC Radio 3. She was commissioned to set Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney’s Anahorish as a gift on his receiving a lifetime achievement award at Queen’s University Belfast. She has written a piano concerto for Finghin Collins for performance with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland in 2012, a new work for Huddersfield Festival and is developing a new opera. Her orchestral music has been recorded on the lyric fm label and her chamber music will be recorded by Ailish Tynan and the Vanbrugh quartet for NMC in 2012.

Qualifications and Educational Background

Composer Dr Deirdre Gribbin is a Fulbright Fellow and studied at Princeton University USA. She was a Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge and is currently a Leverhulme Trust Resident artist at The MRC Laboratory in Cambridge.

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External Appointments

Currently serving on the ISCM British Section Board.

Deirdre was Artistic Director of the Society for the Promotion of New Music spnm from 2003-5 programming at The Tate Liverpool and National Film Theatre.

First Composition Fellow at Trinity College of Music in September 2003.

From 2001-3 Deirdre was Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Fulbright fellow at Princeton USA 2000

Artistic Director of the Society for the Promotion of New Music for the 2003-5 Season.

Northern Arts Composing Fellow 1997-2000

Doctorate from University of London 


In 1999 she won The Arts Foundation Award for her widely acclaimed opera Hey Persephone!, and in 2001 she won an award to make her short film North Face. In October 2001 her work Unity of Being opened the UkwithNY Festival in New York and Deirdre was featured in the New York Sunday Times. Her work Empire States was chosen as a winning finalist in the Unesco International Rostrum of Composers 2003. Venus Blazing, her violin concerto, toured in 2005 on a Contemporary Network Tour with the Britten Sinfonia.

2012 Leverhulme Artist in Residence Award working at The Medical Research Laboratory MRC Cambridge with computational biologist Dr Sarah Teichmann on a new work exploring our genes

2011 Irish Times best of 6 CD choice for Deirdre Gribbin orchestral music.

2011 PRS Women make music award for Reflected Glory for Deirdre Cooper at Huddersfield Festival.