Tarik O'Regan

b. 1978

British/American

Summary

Born in 1978, Tarik Hamilton O'Regan is an American-British 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, where he is also overseeing an ambitious new commissioning initiative. 2020/21 sees the release of three albums of his compositions: Pentatone brings out Houston Grand Opera’s production of The Phoenix; on Naxos, Chamber Choir Ireland and the Irish Chamber Orchestra perform A Letter of Rights; and All Things Common is a portrait album by Pacific Chorale on the Yarlung label.

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

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 an American-British 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, where he is also overseeing an ambitious new commissioning initiative. 2020/21 sees the release of three albums of his compositions: Pentatone brings out Houston Grand Opera’s production of The Phoenix, in which Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni both interpret the role of Lorenzo Da Ponte; on Naxos, Chamber Choir Ireland and the Irish Chamber Orchestra perform A Letter of Rights, a large-scale collaboration with Alice Goodman which meditates on the civil rights enshrined in Magna Carta; and All Things Common is a portrait album by Pacific Chorale on the Yarlung label. He is currently working on a saxophone concerto, which has been commissioned for soloist Amy Dickson by the Presteigne Festival to be premiered in 2022.

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 London 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, Stanford, 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.

www.tarikoregan.com

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8th April 2022

PERFORMERS
Jacksonville Symphony
CONDUCTOR
Courtney Lewis
LOCATION
Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, Jacksonville, FL, United States of America

9th April 2022

PERFORMERS
Jacksonville Symphony
CONDUCTOR
Courtney Lewis
LOCATION
Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, Jacksonville, FL, United States of America

30th April 2022

PERFORMERS
Chicago Master Singers Chorale
CONDUCTOR
John C Hughes
LOCATION
Glenview Community Church, Glenview, IL, United States of America

1st May 2022

PERFORMERS
Chicago Master Singers Chorale
CONDUCTOR
John C Hughes
LOCATION
Glenview Community Church, Glenview, IL, United States of America

10th June 2022

PERFORMERS
Jacksonville Symphony
CONDUCTOR
Courtney Lewis
LOCATION
Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, Jacksonville, FL, United States of America

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