Dominic Irving (b.1987) studied composition and piano for four years at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, graduating in 2009 with a 1st-class BMus Honours degree. His tutors included Stephen Montague, Errollyn Wallen, and Philip Fowke. In 2011, he completed an MA in Composition of Music for Film and Television (MA-FTV) at Bristol University, studying with Martin Kiszko and John Pickard.
Dominic has performed as a pianist and keyboard player in a large number of concerts and theatre productions. At Trinity he regularly participated with the Contemporary Music Group and Symphony Orchestra in works by Bernstein, Ligeti, Nyman, Reich and Adams, working with conductors such as James Judd, Tom Hammond, and Grant Llewellyn.
Dominic is an accomplished music copyist, and has produced scores for projects involving the BBC Proms, the London Mozart Players, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, BBC Four, and the composers Diana Burrell and Stephen Montague.
Dominic began composing music at age 10 with his first solo piano piece, Strolling, which was played on local radio. Since then, his music has been performed all over the UK, including at Blackheath Halls, the Barbican Centre, the BFI Southbank, the Birmingham CBSO Centre, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and King's College Chapel, Cambridge. It has also been broadcast on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3.
In 2009, Dominic performed and recorded his quirky Piano Concerto as part of his final recital in London. In 2010, his cantata Joshua Jazz was a workshopped as a central part of a children's music course in Wiltshire, and publicly performed by over 50 young singers and instrumentalists.
During his time in Bristol, Dominic wrote several scores to student films, including The Body, which was shown at the Watershed Cinema. He also continued to compose concert music. In 2011, his orchestral tone-poem Two Roads was selected to be performed at Bristol University Symphony Orchestra's Gala Concert. In the same year, his avant-garde recorder quartet Sound Clouds, written for iFlautisti, was premiered in London, subsequently performed across Europe, and released on iTunes as part of the ensemble's debut album.
Dominic's composition prizes include the White Horse Composition Competition (1998), the Simon May Trophy (2003), National Festival of Music for Youth (2005), London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra 'Piece of the Year' (2008), the John Halford Prize (2009), and A Carol for Christmas (2012).
In 2014, Dominic composed the music for Insectula!, a feature-length independent sci-fi comedy film, which premiered at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival (UK). Since then, it has been screened in Minneapolis (US), released on DVD and streamed worldwide via Amazon Instant Video.