California-based composer Devin Farney (born 1983) has had his work premiered in the United States, France, and Japan. Besides writing music, Farney is a versatile and experienced pianist.
Farney obtained his Bachelors of Music Composition from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in 2006, graduating with highest honors. His primary instructors there were Francois Rose and Robert Coburn for composition and Frank Wiens for piano. He received his Masters in Music Composition in 2009 from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Dan Becker.
In 2006, Farney participated in the summer session for musicians held by the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France. Soon after, he attended the biannual international new music festival in Darmstadt, Germany, taking private lessons with European composers Francois Paris, Allain Gaussin, and Louis Andriessen. Farney is a member of the academic honors society Phi Kappa Phi and the music honors society Pi Kappa Lambda. He was a Presser Scholar in 2005 and was recognized in 2006 by Who's Who in American Universities. His works have received several notable recognitions and awards, including a performance at the 2008 Fresno New Music Festival, and honorable mentions at the Minnesota Orchestra's Composer Institute in 2007 and 2008, the 2008 ZMF New Music Composition Contest, and the 2009 ANALOG Art Iron Composer competition.
Farney is a respected music teacher in San Francisco. He offers private lessons to students of all ages and skill levels in piano, guitar, and composition and theory. He has also taught in the Stockton Unified School District, at the University of the Pacific, and at Live Oak School.
Since receiving his degree last year, Farney has been an active member of the local music community. He has collaborated with filmmakers, playwrights, and other artists in the Bay Area and works regularly with composer Terry Riley, for whom he is a score engraver. He is also the pianist, guitarist, and co-songwriter for the San Francisco indie rock band Tiny Little Pieces.