Photograph: Aodhagán O’Flaherty
Elliot Murphy is an Irish composer and instrumentalist (cello, guitar) based in Berlin.

He was a finalist at the 10th International Film Music Competition as part of the 18th Zürich Film Festival, at which his score for The Foundling by Barney Cokeliss was performed by the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich to a jury, presided over by Oscar Award Winner Rachel Portman, of Barney Cokeliss, Pernille Fischer Christensen, Frank Strobel, and Marcel Vaid.

Recent compositions include a work for solo cello and interactive pre-recorded strings, Infernowritten in celebration of the Septuacentennial of Dante’s Divine Comedy and supported by funding from the Irish Arts Council. It was premiered at the Coach House Gallery in Dublin Castle, alonside the artwork of Liam O’Broinn, before a delegation including the Irish President and the Italian Ambassador to Ireland, with the composer as soloist.

Interests in aleatoricism, folk music and modality can be heard in I dTírdreach, written for the cellists of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Lyric FM, and in works for percussionist Alex Petcu, cellist Adrian Mantu, and the Avalon Ensemble. 

Elliot studied Music at Trinity College Dublin, where he specialised in Composition under Professors Donnacha Dennehy and Evangelia Rigaki. On graduation he was awarded the Geoffrey Singleton Prize in Music and the Gerard Victory Prize in Composition.

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