Cormac McCarthy is a pianist, composer and arranger born in Cork, Ireland. He began studying piano aged four, and soon after discovered the joy of composition. He has gone on to perform and compose in a wide range of musical genres; from classical, jazz, pop, to Irish traditional music. In 2010, having completed his Masters degree in composition at the CIT Cork School of Music, Cormac received the prestigious Bill Whelan International Music Bursary, an award earmarked for young Irish composers studying abroad. He spent a
number of years living in Chicago, where he completed a Masters in Jazz Studies at DePaul University. His compositions and arrangements have been recorded by such jazz icons as Phil Woods and Jeff Hamilton. As a pianist, he has performed extensively at concert venues, clubs and festivals throughout Europe and the US, recording and performing with artists across numerous genres, including Peter Washington, Billy Drummond, Liz Carroll, Tony Miceli, Padraig Rynne, The RTE National Symphony Orchestra, The RTE Concert Orchestra. Cormac's most recent project, Cottage Evolution centres around music he has written for a 12-piece ensemble, and features musicians from an interesting and diverse blend of musical backgrounds. The project's debut album has recently been released on the LYTE Records label to widespread acclaim. He is also a member of the piano trio Súp, who represented Ireland at the Euroradio Jazz Awards in July 2016, and the forward-thinking Irish
traditional group NOTIFY, whose new album InConcept,was released on Ropeadope Records in March 2016. Cormac lectures in piano, keyboard,
arranging and composition at the CIT Cork School of Music, and is director of the Cork School of Music Jazz Big Band.