Fergal Dowling is a composer and music group director. His compositions combine acoustic and electronic forces with computer-based interaction and sound spatialisation, and have been performed at festivals, including: Sonorities, ISSTA, Música Viva, Music Current, Japan Electroacoustic Festival, ISCM World Music Days, Future Sonic; and by ensembles and soloists, including: Garth Knox, Xenia Pestova, Concorde, Projektgruppe Neue Musik Bremen, and notes inégales.
He studied composition at Trinity College Dublin (BMus, 2000, MLitt, 2002) and York (PhD, 2006), and has worked as a studio technician (TCD), teaching assistant (York), sound designer, and lecturer in music technology (DkIT). He has received many research and composition awards, including the Elizabeth Maconchy Composition Fellowship and Arts Council Bursaries and Commissions, and has attended major international new music academies (IRCAM, Acanthes, Darmstadt) and masterclasses with Peter Maxwell Davies, Dominic Muldowney, Louis Andriessen, Christina Kubisch, Leo Brouwer and others.
He co-founded and directs Dublin Sound Lab music project group and Music Current Festival, and has curated major collaborative projects, including: Real-time composition workshop with Karlheinz Essl (Project Arts Centre); Re-Sounding Dublin (Contemporary Music Centre, Salon); Mirrors of Earth with Kaija Saariaho's MAA and new video works by Ailbhe Ní Bhriain (Project Arts Centre, Dublin); Places and Responses with Peter Ablinger (Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival); and Perisonic, an immersive audio-visual installation with Gráinne Mulvey and Scott McLaughlin (Music Current Festival, 2017).