Simon O’Connor is a Dublin born composer. His musical life began late as a teenager in punk bands, developing to solo electronic music and avant-rock groups, most notably as founder member of seminal Irish psych-rock group The Jimmy Cake and noise group Thinker Org. Countless scores for theatre productions in his early twenties and subsequently study in Trinity College under Donnacha Dennehy and Roger Doyle led to informal education with the internationally renowned composer Kevin Volans. Form this point Simon's compositional style became more focused and reductionist.
His post student compositions, from the chamber opera ‘Obegon’ onward, are characterised by a stripped back musical palette, clear tonality and a focus on static, almost predictable structures and singular dramatic events. Retreating from electronics to pencil-and-paper composition at the piano, recent years have seen Simon focus increasingly on melody, harmony, reflecting his interest in late Romantic period composition – most strongly heard in the piano suite 'What is living and what is dead'.
Recent commissions have included ‘60 Bars for K.V.’, for Crash Ensemble, ‘I remember you’, a guitar duo for the Ergodos Festival, ‘Blue' for violinist Ioana Petcu Colan, ‘Petryfyd Floures’ for Barry Guy and Maya Homburger and 'Self Portrait' for Michael McHale.