Finola Merivale is an Irish composer and pianist currently living in New York City. She is a Dean’s Fellow at Columbia University, where she is pursuing a DMA in Composition, studying with Zosha Di Castri, Marcos Balter and Georg Haas. Themes that run across her music include oppression, inequality, and sense of place – both real and imagined – through acoustic and electro-acoustic means.


Her compositions have been performed internationally – in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia – and featured at festivals such as the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and the Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn. Her music has been performed by International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Crash Ensemble, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Wild Rumpus, Bearthoven and orkest de ereprijs, amongst others. Projects in 2019 include a new work for TILT Brass and a commission for a multimedia work for the Real Loud Ensemble.

Finola is a member of the Kinds of Kings Composer Collective and is on the Columbia Composers Board. She is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre in Ireland.

Finola also plays gamelan, which she has spent time studying in Java, Indonesia. During her mid-twenties, she spent two years teaching English in Hong Kong. When she’s not composing, she enjoys playing with her newly adopted cat named Saffron, exploring New York city, cooking for friends, and relaxing with a cup of Barry’s Tea, which hails from her home county of Cork.