Donal Sarsfield was born in Co. Mayo. He studied composition with Piers Hellawell at Queen's University, Belfast and with Philip Grange and David Berezan at the University of Manchester. Being from the west of Ireland his music sits uncomfortably between European and American ideals, and though he has no driving aesthetic, he has a strong interest in vocal and choral music. He returned to the University of Manchester in September 2009 to start a PhD in Electroacoustic Composition, under supervision from David Berezan, courtesy of the Irish Arts Council Elizabeth Maconchy Composition Fellowship.

(biography © Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland)

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