Finola Merivale is an Irish composer and pianist currently living in Philadelphia. She is a George Elizabeth Crumb Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is pursuing a PhD in Composition.
Her compositions have been performed internationally and featured at festivals such as the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and the 21st Young Composers Meeting. Her music has been performed by PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Karl Larson, Fidelio Trio, orkest de ereprijs, Icarus Ensemble and Kendra Emery, among others. Recent commissions include new works for the Wild Rumpus Ensemble and the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra. Her work is published by the University of York Music Press and has been released by Huddersfield Contemporary Records. In 2015, Finola was the winner of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition, and the Wild Rumpus Commissioning Project.
She holds an MMus Composition from the University of Leeds, and this degree was partially funded by the Staf Gebruers’ Scholarship for Excellence in Music in University College, Cork. She holds a First Class Honours B.A. in Drama & Theatre Studies and Music from U.C.C. Other awards include Travel and Training Awards from the Irish Arts Council and the Fusion Arts Award which was funded by the U.S. State Department.
Upcoming projects include new pieces for NYC-based ensembles Bearthoven, Tali Morgulis and Exceptet.
Listen to some of Finola’s work: