Darragh Kearns Hayes
Resident at Bantry Hospital, Darragh Kearns Hayes is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from Cork Ireland. He Studied Piano and music theory at the Cork School of Music from an early age and graduated from there in 2013 with a first class honours. In 2016 he completed his Masters in composition, studying with Wim Henderickx and Richard Ayres at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
Darragh’s compositions have been recorded and performed by RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Nieuw Ensemble, Orkest de Ereprijs, Conservatorium van Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Jeffery and Marja Gaynor amongst others. As a performer, Darragh has played a selection of instruments with ensembles such as Nieuw Ensemble, Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra and Cork New Music Ensemble as well as his trios Lyda and Penguin Tio. In 2016 Darrach collaborated with Nina Kay, creating a dance piece based on the lives of Emperor penguins, premiering at Composers Festival Amsterdam.