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Tom Flaherty

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Tom Flaherty


Tom Flaherty (b. 1950) is an American composer, educator and cellist who works with music for humans and electronics.

He earned degrees at Brandeis University, S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, and the University of Southern California, where he studied with Martin Boykan, Bülent Arel, and Frederick Lesemann and cello with Timothy Eddy and Bernard Greenhouse.

Recent commissions include Looking for Answers for the Mojave Trio, and Mixed Messages for pianist Vicki Ray and Eclipse violinist Sarah Thornblade. A recent recording of his Airdancing for piano, toy piano, and electronics was nominated for a Grammy in 2015. His composition has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Yaddo, among others.

Flaherty's music has been performed throughout Europe and North America by such new music ensembles as Dinosaur Annex in Boston, Speculum Musicae and Odyssey Chamber Players in New York, and Brightwork newmusic in Los Angeles, among others.

Prof. Flaherty directs the Pomona College Electronic Studio, where students and faculty create a wide variety of music, and which is the motivation for Pomona's annual Ussachevsky Festival of Electronic Music.

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