Irish composer Ken Tuohy has written music for documentaries, short films, radio dramas, plays and the concert stage.
He studied music at the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, The Royal Irish Academy of Music, The National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and the University of Limerick.
Having trained with American film composers and orchestrators Don B. Ray, Robert Drasnin, Scott Smalley, Conrad Pope, Christopher Young and Craig Garfinkle, he was awarded the International Certificate in Film Scoring by the University of California, Los Angeles and Screen Training Ireland.
He began composing in the early 1990s, writing for the Da Vinci Theatre Company’s productions of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, A Winter’s Tale and As You Like It. He went on to write music for documentaries, docu-dramas and films. His credits include the historical documentary Dublin, Medieval Charm & Georgian Splendour (1999) and the docu-drama Ghost Tales of York (2006).
More recently he has composed the scores for the short films `Bittersweet’ (2011), The Brotherood (2014), Oh, Daddy Dear (2015), and The Job Paradox (2016).
The music of Ken Tuohy spans all genres and styles, from solo instruments, ensembles and bands, to full orchestras, whether for the concert platform with pieces such as ‘Erin’s Children’ which captures the richness of Ireland’s mythological past, or for the plays of William Shakespeare, exploring the great English bard’s love of storytelling - from the whimsical and the bizarre to the mundane and the extraordinary.
His music for dramatic films intensifies the emotions on the screen as it delves into character, action, plot and theme with real understanding as it accompanies the characters on their journeys.
His documentary music is vivid and imaginative. Whether on land, in the ocean or on top of a mountain, composer Ken Tuohy’s music underpins the depth and character of each story.
Dip. Arts, BA Mus. NUIM, MA (Mus) UL,
International Certificate Film Scoring
University of California, Los Angeles/Screen Training Ireland