Ian Wilson

Ian Wilson was born in Belfast in 1964 and obtained the first D.Phil in composition to be awarded by the University of Ulster, which in 1993 commissioned his orchestral work Rise in celebration of the tenth anniversary of its foundation. His music has been performed and broadcast on six continents by artists such as the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Ulster, Belgrade Philharmonic and Norwegian

Radio Orchestras, the London Mozart Players and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Artis, Vogler and Vanbrugh Quartets, Lontano, Avanti! and Camerata Pacifica ensembles, Catherine Leonard and Hugh Tinney. Works have been performed at many festivals including the BBC Proms, Venice Biennale, ISCM World Music Days, the Heidelberg Spring, Cheltenham and Bath Festivals and the Ultima Festival in Oslo, where Running, Thinking, Finding for orchestra received the composition prize in 1991.

He has written over eighty pieces including two chamber operas, nine concertos, orchestral pieces, eight string quartets and many other chamber and vocal works.

In 1992 Ian Wilson was awarded the Macaulay Fellowship administered by the Arts Council of Ireland, and in 1998 he was elected to Aosdána, Ireland's State-sponsored body of creative artists. From 2000 to 2003 he was AHRB Research Fellow in Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Ulster.

His music is published by Universal Edition (London) Ltd.


The Callino Quartet

The Callino Quartet is an internationally successful string quartet formed in 1999. They regularly broadcast on RTÉ Lyric FM and BBC Radio 3 and have been prize winners at both national and international competitions. They have toured in Norway and Holland several times and also appeared at festivals in Lithuania, Italy, Czech Republic and in Canada.

The Quartet has enjoyed collaborations with such diverse artists as the Vanbrugh, Vogler and Belcea String Quartets, double-bassist Edgar Meyer, pianist Barry Douglas, the Paris-Bastille Wind Octet and jazz guitarist John Abercrombie.

The Quartet has commissioned and premiered new works by Ian Wilson, Raymond Deane and Finnish composer Kimmo Hakola and worked closely with Edgar Meyer, Peteris Vasks and Franghiz Ali-Zadeh on their works for string quartet. They perform regularly throughout Europe, including appearances at the West Cork Chamber Music, Kilkenny, Cheltenham, Sligo New Music and Clandeboye Festivals, several concert tours of Scotland and the U.K. and also a Wigmore Hall debut performance in 2006. The Callino Quartet host their own annual festival over the Easter Weekend in Bantry, Ireland.

The Callino Quartet take their name from the Irish air " Cailin cois tSuir a me" which means Girl by the River Suir. This song was the first Irish air to be notated and became known as the Callino manuscript. It is now kept in the library in Trinity College, Dublin.

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