Tarik O'Regan

b. 1978

British/American

Summary

Tarik Hamilton O'Regan is a London-born composer based in San Francisco. In recent years much of his work has investigated and been influenced by his dual Arab and Irish heritages.

As of the 2021/22 season, Tarik is the newly appointed Composer-in-Residence with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (PBO), where he is also overseeing an ambitious new commissioning initiative. He is also a Visiting Artist at Stanford University. After three albums of his compositions were released last year, this year sees an exciting return to live performances with premieres by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony, Amy Dickson at the Presteigne Festival, and PBO, among many others.

Tarik’s output, recognized with two GRAMMY® nominations and two British Composer Awards, has been recorded on over 40 albums, and is published exclusively by Novello. He maintains a longstanding commitment to education and service to the arts in general. Most recently, this has been recognized by his election to an Honorary Fellowship of Pembroke College, Oxford, and to the board of Yaddo, one of the oldest artists’ communities in the USA.

Tarik is included in the Washington Post’s annual list of creative artists “changing the classical landscape” for 2022.

www.tarikoregan.com

Critical Acclaim
O'Regan can now stake a claim as one of the leading British composers of his generation. - Gramophone

O’Regan is [making] an impact with music that is striking and approachable without being obvious or second-hand... this was one contemporary piece that you didn’t want to finish. - Richard Morrison, The Times

Biography

Tarik Hamilton O'Regan is a London-born composer based in San Francisco. In recent years much of his work has investigated and been influenced by his dual Arab and Irish heritages.

As of the 2021/22 season, Tarik is the newly appointed Composer-in-Residence with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (PBO), where he is also overseeing an ambitious new commissioning initiative. He is also a Visiting Artist at Stanford University. After three albums of his compositions were released last year, this year sees an exciting return to live performances with premieres by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony, Amy Dickson at the Presteigne Festival, and PBO, among many others.

Tarik’s music is described as “exquisite and delicate” (The Washington Post); “beautifully-imagined, holding the audience rapt” (The Financial Times); “sublime: a piece that you didn't want to end” (The Times, London); and generating “previously unheard sound worlds with astonishing effect” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). He has worked with a wide variety of ensembles and organizations; these include the Dutch National Ballet, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Sydney Dance Company, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and the Royal Opera House in London.

His output, recognized with two GRAMMY® nominations (including Best Classical Album) and two British Composer Awards, has been recorded on over 40 albums and is published exclusively by Novello.

“One of the leading composers of his generation” (Gramophone) who is writing “music of startling beauty” (The Observer), Tarik was born in in 1978. He grew up predominantly in Croydon, South London, spending some of his childhood in Morocco, where his mother was born, 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 recording 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. He 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, and Robert Saxton.

He has been appointed to the Fulbright Chester Schirmer Fellowship at Columbia University; a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard; and positions at Trinity and Corpus Christi Colleges in Cambridge, Yale, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He has served on the composition faculty of Rutgers University, and as Senior Advisor to the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University. A frequent television and radio broadcaster, he has written and presented two documentaries for BBC Radio 4: Composing LA and Composing New York.

Tarik maintains a longstanding commitment to education and service to the arts in general. Most recently, this has been recognized by his election to an Honorary Fellowship of Pembroke College, Oxford, and to the board of Yaddo, one of the oldest artists’ communities in the USA.

He is included in the Washington Post’s annual list of creative artists “changing the classical landscape” for 2022.

www.tarikoregan.com

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Performances

2nd October 2022

SOLOISTS
Heidi Moss Erickson, soprano; John Parr, piano
LOCATION
Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco, CA, United States of America

6th October 2022

PERFORMERS
Meadows School of the Arts Choirs
CONDUCTOR
Pamela Elrod Huffman
LOCATION
Southern Methodist University, Dallas , TX, United States of America

9th October 2022

PERFORMERS
Pittsburgh Camerata
CONDUCTOR
Mark Anderson
LOCATION
Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh , PA, United States of America

1st November 2022

PERFORMERS
Alexander String Quartet
LOCATION
Berkeley Chamber Performances, Berkeley City Club, Berkeley, CA, United States of America

12th November 2022

PERFORMERS
Cantori New York
CONDUCTOR
Mark Shapiro
LOCATION
Church of the Holy Apostles, New York , NY, United States of America

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