Athena Corcoran-Tadd

Headshot bwAthena has lived in the United States, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, England, and now in Italy once again: a physical nomadism which generates a delving mind and demands a multilingualism which is itself a web of sound combinations.
Born in 1989, Athena graduated from the University of Oxford with a First Class Honours BA in Music (2012), where she studied composition with Dr. Martin Suckling and Dr. Martyn Harry, followed by two years at the Conservatorio G. Verdi di Milano studying with composers Mario Garuti and Gabriele Manca, as well as electronic music and conducting. Previously she had studied with Ivan Moody in Portugal, James Weeks and John Woolrich in the UK, and had compositions performed in workshops held by Joanna MacGregor, EXAUDI, and the BBC Singers. She has received lessons from Raphäel Cendo, Amy Beth Kirsten, Marco Stroppa, Sebastian Berweck, Misato Mochizuki, and Joanna Bailie.
In the last year Athena was invited to compose and perform a theatrical piece exploring space and the space of language for a gallery vernissage in Vienna, had her trio for viola d’amore, bass clarinet, and accordion (commissioned by The Riot Ensemble) performed by international soloists Marco Fusi, Heather Roche, and Rafał Łuc in London, and performed in a non-sung vocal concert in Basel including the premiere of her piece Refracted Messages for four spoken voices and two trombone bell-sections. She wrote the first part of a work for amateur choir, Lune et l’autre, which was performed in Paris in December, and is currently working on a new comission for solo tuba.