Jennifer Walshe appointed professor of composition at the University of Oxford


The Faculty of Music at the University of Oxford has announced the appointment of Irish composer Jennifer Walshe as a new professor of composition in association with Worcester College.

Walshe is renowned for her work as a composer and performer, including works such as ALL IS IMPORTANT with the Arditti Quartet, the solo work ALL THE NUMEROUS PEOPLES, the many strands of her Aisteach project, and his work within the artistic collective Grúpat. Recently she created Ireland: a dataset at the national concert hall and TIME TIME TIME at the Borealis Festival in Norway. Recent recordings include A Late Anthology of Early Music Vol 1: Ancient to Renaissance, ALL THE NUMEROUS PEOPLES and The Golden Cassette.

Walshe is a former recipient of the British Composer Award for Innovation. She was elected to the Akademie der Künste (Academy of the Arts) in Berlin in 2019, and last year was elected to the Irish Academy of Artists, Aosdána.

Commenting on the appointment, the University of Oxford said:

Professor Walshe’s research output is widely regarded as a pioneer in the overlapping fields of composition, performance, video and text, resulting in works for orchestras and ensembles; musical compositions created and distributed by, via and “about” the Internet; a multitude of new projects created using artificial intelligence; and a completely fictional history of avant-garde music and art in Ireland. The radical nature of Professor Walshe’s work means that it defies categorization in the world of contemporary classical music.

Walshe previously taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Stuttgart, where she co-designed the MY in theory & Practice of experimental performance. She has also taught at the Darmstadt summer schools, the Biennale di Venezia and the Ostrava Days.

Last October, Alex Ross in the New Yorker wrote: “Irish composer Jennifer Walshe has better than any other artist I have known the antique, harsh, confessional, sordid and semi-sublime texture of modern digitized life.”

From Dublin, Walshe studied composition with John Maxwell Geddes at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and with Kevin Volans in Dublin. She graduated from Northwestern University, Chicago, with a doctorate in composition.

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