27 January 1953
Achill Island, Ireland
Deane was born in Tuam Co. Galway on 27 January 1953 and was brought up on Achill Island, Co. Mayo. From 1963 he lived in Dublin, where he studied at University College Dublin, graduating in 1974. He was a founding member of the Association of Young Irish Composers, and won a number of awards as a pianist.
He was featured composer in the 1991 Accents Festival in Dublin (with Kurtág) and the 1999 Sligo New Music Festival (with Roger Doyle). He has featured in several ISCM festivals (Mexico City, Manchester, Hong Kong), in the festivals l'Imaginaire irlandais (Paris 1996), Voyages (Montreal 2002), Warsaw Autumn (2004), and regularly in the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers (his Ripieno for orchestra winning a special prize in 2000). He was also the artistic director of the first two RTÉ Living Music Festivals (Dublin 2002/2004), showcasing the music of Luciano Berio and contemporary French music respectively.
Deane was awarded a Doctorate in Composition by the National University of Ireland (Maynooth) in 2005. He has been a member of Aosdána, the Irish state-supported academy of creative artists, since 1986.
In August 2010, he initiated the "Irish artists' pledge to boycott Israel", arguing that "artists who perform in Israel are backing it, whether they like it or not."
In Spring 2012, Deane and the IPSC praised the decision of the band Dervish to cancel a planned concert tour in Israel after IPSC launched an online campaign to prevent the concert. Deane stated that:
"I salute you for this courageous and morally correct decision. You will now be subject to massive defamation from Zionists and their fellow-travellers – you should see this as proof that you have made the correct decision, because it will reveal to you the viciousness and mendacity of Israel’s apologists."
The following list is based on Zuk (2006; see "Bibliography"), p. 121-5; more recent ones from CMC profile (see "External links").
Operas (to his own libretto)
Orchestral (for large orchestra, if not otherwise mentioned)
Based on Klein (2001), with more recent additions, see external links.
- Avatars, Jimmy Vaughan (piano), on: Goasco GXX003-4 (MC, 1985).
- Dekatriad, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Fionnuala Hunt (cond.), on: Black Box Music BBM 1013 (CD, 1998).
- Quaternion (with Anthony Byrne, piano), Krespel's Concerto (with Alan Smale, violin), Oboe Concerto (with Matthew Manning, oboe), National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Colman Pearce (cond.), on: Marco Polo 8.225106 (CD, 1999).
- After-Pieces (with Hugh Tinney, piano), Seachanges (with Danse macabre) and Catacombs (perf. by Ensemble Reservoir, Mikel Toms, cond.), Marche oublié (perf. by Schubert Ensemble of London), String Quartet II: Brown Studies (Vanbrugh Quartet) on: Black Box Music BBM 1014 (CD, 2000).
- Ripieno, Violin Concerto (with Christine Pryn, violin), Samara, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Gerhard Markson (cond.), on: RTÉ CD 274 (CD, 2007).
- Apostille, David Adams (organ), on: Irish Contemporary Organ Music (no label) (CD, 2008).
- Noctuary Books I and II (= complete), Hugh Tinney (piano), on: Resonus Classics RD CD 01 (CD, 2014) and Resonus Classics RES 10133 (download only, published 2014).
- Axel Klein: Die Musik Irlands im 20. Jahrhundert (Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1996), ISBN 3-487-10196-3.
- Patrick Zuk: Raymond Deane (Dublin: Field Day Publications, 2006), ISBN 0-946755-29-9.
- Raymond Deane: In My Own Light. A Memoir (Dublin: Liffey Press, 2014), ISBN 978-1-908308-57-3.
- Deane (2014), p. 11; see Bibliography
- Deane's Biography at RTE.ie RTE.ie Retrieved on 9 January 2014.
- Featured composer at various festivals RTE.ie Retrieved on 9 January 2014.
- Artistic Director of RTE Living Music Festival Aosdana.artscouncil.ie Retrieved on 9 January 2014.
- "Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland: Composers". Cmc.ie. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- IPSC founding member intifada-palestine.com Retrieved on 9 January 2014.
- "Conor Sullivan". 150 Irish artists pledge to boycott Israel. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
- Heeding boycott call, Irish band Dervish pulls out of Israel concerts by Ali Abunimah, April 30, 2012.
- Shatter accuses Palestine group of cyberbullying by Jerome Reilly, Independent.ie, May 6, 2012.
- Axel Klein, Irish Classical Recordings: A Discography of Irish Art Music (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2001), p. 28-9.