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Obituary: Peter Rosser, Composer

Tuesday 25th November 2014 at 3pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Peter Rosser (1970 - 2014)

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has learned with great sadness of the death of the composer, writer and music lecturer, Peter Rosser, who has died following an illness on 24th November, aged 44.

Peter Rosser was born in London in 1970 and moved to Belfast in 1990, where he studied composition at the University of Ulster and was awarded a DPhil in 1997. His music has been performed at events such as the Spitalfields Festival in London, the Belfast Festival at Queen’s and the Crash Festival in Dublin.

In 2011 the Arts Council acknowledged his contribution to the arts in Northern Ireland through a Major Individual Artist Award. He used this award to write his Second String Quartet, which was premiered in 2012 by the JACK Quartet from New York at the opening concert at Belfast's new Metropolitan Arts Centre (The MAC).

Peter Rosser also wrote extensively on a wide range of music genres, with essays published in The Wire, The Journal of Music, Perspectives of New Music and the Crescent Journal.

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music at the Arts Council, paid tribute to Peter Rosser, saying,

“Peter’s death is a genuine loss to the arts in Northern Ireland. He had achieved so much in his relatively short career, working with the likes of Irvine Arditti, Mieko Kanno, the Composers’ Ensemble and the Ulster Orchestra, and he had a great future ahead. He had a tremendous ability to keep his finger on the pulse of changes to the music scene in Northern Ireland. It is deeply saddening to think of what might have been from this truly talented and respected composer”.

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