ABOUT

Cormac McCarthy is a pianist, composer and arranger born in Cork, Ireland. He began studying piano aged four, and soon discovered the joy of composition. He has gone on to perform and compose in a wide range of musical genres; from classical, jazz, pop, to Irish traditional music. In 2010, having completed his Masters degree in composition at the CIT Cork School of Music, Cormac received the prestigious Bill Whelan International Music Bursary, an award earmarked for young Irish composers studying abroad. He spent a number of years living in Chicago, where he completed a Masters in Jazz Studies at DePaul University. His compositions and arrangements have been recorded by such jazz icons as Phil Woods and Jeff Hamilton. As a pianist, he has performed extensively at concert venues, clubs and festivals throughout Europe and the US, recording and performing with artists across a variety of genres, including Peter Washington, Billy Drummond, Liz Carroll, Martin Hayes  Donal Lunny, The RTE National Symphony Orchestra, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra, The New Irish Jazz Orchestra. In 2015, Cormac released Cottage Evolution, his debut LP as bandleader, to widespread critical acclaim. He continues to be in demand as an arranger and orchestrator in tandem with maintaining an active performance schedule. Cormac lectures in piano, keyboard, arranging and composition at the CIT Cork School of Music, and is director of the Cork School of Music Jazz Big Band. 

 

 

Photos by Ivo Iotov, John Allen, Richie Tyndell. Artwork by John Philip Murray. Website Copyright © Cormac McCarthy 2015