Finola Merivale is an Irish composer and pianist currently living in New York City. She is currently a Dean’s Fellow at Columbia University, where she is pursuing a DMA in Composition. Her music explores a 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 Crash Ensemble, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Wild Rumpus, Bearthoven and orkest de ereprijs, amongst others. Projects in 2018 include a new work for International Contemporary Ensemble and commissions from the Kirkos Ensemble (Ireland) and Real Loud Ensemble (New York).
Finola also plays gamelan and has recently started lessons in jazz piano. When she's not composing, she enjoys running by the Hudson River, yoga, cooking, learning cocktail recipes and drinking Barry's Tea.