Boise Chamber Music Society Commissions String Quartet by British Composer Tarik O’Regan
Sept. 11, 2015
The Boise Chamber Music Society, presenter of the annual Boise Chamber Music Series, announces an engagement with composer Tarik O’Regan to create a work for string quartet that will be premiered in fall 2016 by the Alexander String Quartet of the Bay Area.
The BCMS has presented its professional concert series for 30 years. In honor of this milestone, the board decided to commission a work for the central chamber music ensemble, the string quartet. After careful consideration, the BCMS chose rising young British composer Tarik O’Regan. The Alexander Quartet, regular guests of the BCMS concert series, met O’Regan at a performance in NYC in 2008. They “followed his unique and distinctive style, completely persuaded by his articulate embrace of mixed and synthesized multicultural themes.”
Mr. O’Regan has provisionally titled his work “Perpetua,” both as a nod to Idaho’s state motto, and a reflection of the “perpetually shifting and evolving landscape... the unique geographical phenomena of Idaho.” It will be a composition of substantial length, 20 to 25 minutes.
Tarik O’Regan has composed music for a wide variety of ensembles and organizations including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Sydney Dance Company, Chamber Choir Ireland, and the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Tarik O’Regan was born in London in 1978. He grew up predominantly in Croydon, South London, spending some of his childhood in his mother’s birthplace of Morocco and in Algeria. Following the completion of his undergraduate studies at Pembroke College, Oxford, and private study with Jeremy Dale Roberts, he began serving as the classical recordings reviewer for The Observer newspaper, a position he held for four years. During part of this time he also worked for investment bank JPMorgan Chase. O’Regan then continued his postgraduate studies in composition under the direction of both Robin Holloway at Cambridge University, where he was appointed Composer in Residence at Corpus Christi College.
O’Regan’s projects for 2015/16 include Mata Hari, a full-length ballet commissioned by the Dutch National Ballet; A Celestial Map of the Sky, a large-scale composition for Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra, who will record the work as part of a new album of O’Regan’s orchestral music; and the North American premiere of his first opera, Heart of Darkness, by Opera Parallele in San Francisco this past May. Heart of Darkness opened at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2011.
O’Regan’s music is described as “exquisite and delicate” by The Washington Post; “beautifully-imagined, holding the audience rapt” by the The Financial Times; “sublime: a piece that you didn't want to end” by The Times of London; and generating “previously unheard sound worlds with astonishing effect” by The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Recorded on over 30 albums, and published exclusively by Novello (Music Sales Classical), O’Regan’s work has been recognized with two GRAMMY nominations, including Best Classical Album, and both New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer Best Classical Releases of the Year for Threshold of Night; the NEA Artistic Excellence Award, and a South Bank Sky Arts Award nomination for Heart of Darkness; a Gramophone Award nomination for Scattered Rhymes; two British Composer Awards; and by Time Out London as one of Top Five Concerts of the Year.