Patrick O’Malley (1989) is a composer whose works explore the musical interplay between emotion, color, energy, and landscape, seeking to find balance between past influences and new ideas. His pieces span many of the contemporary mediums for classical music, and have been performed across the United States as well as in Europe. Often when writing a new piece, O’Malley considers the listener’s imagination as much as every other musical element – an admittedly and enjoyably subjective endeavor.
Most recently, O’Malley has been recognized and/or performed by organizations including ASCAP, the Hear Now Music Festival, the Albany, Columbus and Milwaukee Symphonies, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Next On Grand National Composers Intensive with wild Up, and The American Prize (1st place for orchestral music, 2015). He was named Composer of the Year by the Sioux City Symphony for 2018, and he has been a fellow at various music festivals and residencies including Copland House, the Los Angeles Film Conducting Intensive, the Aspen Music Festival, Avaloch Music Farm, Bowdoin Festival, Wyoming Festival, Fresh Inc. Festival, and the FUBiS composition course in Berlin. He also serves as the arranger and a conductor for the newly formed video game concert series Journey LIVE with Fifth House Ensemble and composer Austin Wintory. O’Malley is pursuing a doctoral degree in music at the University of Southern California where he studies with Andrew Norman and Sean Friar. He divides his time between living in Los Angeles, California, and Lake Charlevoix, Michigan.