Tom Flaherty is a composer and cellist who works with music for humans and electronics.
His composing has been supported and acknowledged by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Music Center, the Pasadena Arts Council, the Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities, the Delius Society, the University of Southern California, “Meet the Composer,” and Yaddo. His 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, Earplay and Volti in San Francisco, Concorde in Dublin (Ireland), Gallery Players in Toronto (Canada), XTET and Ensemble GREEN in Los Angeles; and by such performers as soprano Lucy Shelton; guitarists David Starobin, Peter Yates, and Matthew Elgart; organist William Peterson; and pianists Genevieve Feiwen Lee, Nadia Shpachenko, Susan Svrček, Charlotte Zelka, and Karl and Margaret Kohn.
Published by G. Schirmer, Inc. and American Composers Editions, his compositions have been recorded on the Albany, Klavier, Bridge, SEAMUS, Capstone, and Advance labels.
As a cellist he has performed solos at Jordan Hall in Boston, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and Disney Hall’s REDCAT, LACMA’s Bing Theater, and the Schoenberg Institute in Los Angeles, and often plays new and vintage chamber music in the Los Angeles area.
Although he has a preference for humans, he happily 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.
Tom earned degrees at Brandeis University, S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, and the University of Southern California, where he studied composition with Martin Boykan, Bülent Arel, Robert Linn, and Frederick Lesemann and cello with Timothy Eddy and Bernard Greenhouse.