Composer Dr Deirdre Gribbin was born in Belfast. She is a Fulbright Fellow and studied at Princeton University USA. She was a Fellow at Trinity College Cambridge.
Gribbin has been featured at Lincoln Center New York, CCNY New York with her orchestral work Unity of Being, and Presence Paris Festivals. In 2006 Goliath, her concerto for percussion and orchestra opened The Belfast Festival. Gribbin was 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 in 2004 with lighting by Bruce Springstein’s lighting designer Jeff Ravitz. 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.”
Gribbin has received performances on BBC Radio 3, Radio France, and Almeida and Aldeburgh Festivals. She has written music for Richard Harris’ last film My Kingdom, which was nominated for a Screen International award. She 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. Gribbin 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 with Ken Russell. She was Chair of ISCM British panel from 2012-14.
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. RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, and BBC Symphony Orchestra performed her piano concerto for Finghin Collins in 2013. A new PRS ‘Women Make Music Award’ commission for Huddersfield Festival called ‘Reflected Glory’ toured to ICA London and Verbier Festival. Her orchestral music has been recorded on lyric fm label and The Vanbrugh Quartet recorded chamber music for NMC in 2012. She is a Churchill and Leverhulme Fellow.
‘Hearing your Genes Evolve’ based on DNA was featured in the documentary film ‘The Dark Gene’ and was a finalist in the 2016 Berlinale Film Festival. Deirdre is currently writing a new opera and a new work for piano and orchestra. She is also an advocate for learning disability and the arts and is Artistic Director of Venus Blazing Music Theatre Trust.