Andrew Hamilton was born in Dublin in 1977 and studied in Ireland, England and The Netherlands. His composition teachers included Kevin Volans, Anthony Gilbert and Louis Andriessen. Awards include first prize in the 2001 Opera Prima Europa competition in Rome and the 2002 prize at the 8th International Young Composers Forum in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.
In 2004 he was awarded the Macaulay Fellowship by the Arts Council of Ireland and from 2005 to 2006 he was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart. In 2010 he was awarded a residency by Aldeburgh Music as part of the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme and during 2012 he was an artist in residence at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris and Civitella Ranieri, Umbria. His work has been performed internationally and at many festivals including Gaudeamus, Ultraschall Berlin, ISCM World Music Days, RTE Living Music Festival, SPOR Festival Aarhus, Dublin Fringe Theatre Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Die Reihe Stuttgart and the MATA Festival New York.
He has also collaborated with visual artists Ingrid Hora and Dagmar Keller/Martin Wittwer on installations exhibited in Berlin, Stuttgart, Warsaw and Vienna. He has worked on new pieces with Crash Ensemble, Exaudi and Endymion Ensembles, Ensemble Klang, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Ives Ensemble, Orkest De Volharding, Michelle O’Rourke, Sam Wilson, Oliver Coates, Natasha Lohan, the Knights Chamber Orchestra, Isabelle O’Connell, the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Tilt Brass, ACME, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Ensemble Ascolta, CHROMA, Juliet Fraser/Maxime Echardour and the RTE Concert Orchestra.
Currently he is a visiting tutor in composition at Birmingham Conservatoire. New works are planned for a collaboration with Emma Martin Dance/Crash Ensemble, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Exaudi and the Ives Ensemble.