Mr John Cooney
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After graduating from Cardiff University John Cooney studied composition at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where his teachers included Simon Bainbridge, George Benjamin and Robert Saxton. His music first drew critical attention when he was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, and other prizes followed, including the Arts Council’s Dio Fund Award and the Japan International League of Artists Chamber Music Prize.
Cooney’s music has been commissioned and performed by a wide array of ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, Nash Ensemble, Allegri String Quartet, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Chroma, Delta Saxophone Quartet, Psappha, Capricorn, Brunel Ensemble and Ensemble Varianti. His works have been included in the Aldeburgh, Huddersfield, Spitalfields, Bath and Vale of Glamorgan festivals and he has held several major composer-in- association posts, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Allegri String Quartet.
In addition to his work as a composer he has developed a considerable reputation in the field of music education. He is Head of Composition at the Yehudi Menuhin School and composition tutor at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department. He is also well known for his work leading education and outreach projects throughout the UK and abroad, including work with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, Opera North, City of London Sinfonia, Brodsky Quartet, South Bank Centre, Ile de France Opera et Ballet and Muziekcentrum Vredenburg.
In 2013 he was elected an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, partly for his work in composition and education generally, but more specifically for services to the RAM.