This section introduces the music of Irish composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It is intended as a good starting point for anyone not familiar with Irish contemporary music.
Each composer's page provides a photo, a biography, most recent works added to CMC's collection and other information. You can also purchase CDs and scores by each composer, access features about the composers, or view any upcoming events which include their music.
An Irish composer is defined as anyone who was born or is permanently resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.
For any Irish composers interested in registering with CMC, please see our guidelines on how to apply.
Seóirse Bodley was born in Dublin in 1933. Studies in Ireland and Germany led to a teaching appointment at University College Dublin, where he was awarded the degree of D. Mus.
Emma O’Halloran is an Irish composer who writes for acoustic and electronic instruments.
Doherty was introduced to music through the Irish fiddle tradition of his hometown of Derry.
Roger Doyle was born in Dublin and studied composition on scholarships at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Institute of Sonology at the University of Utrecht and the Finnish Radio Experimental
Described as a “Genre-Jumping Genius” (Tradreview.com) Dave Flynn is an award-winning composer/guitarist and founder of the unique Irish Memory Orchestra.
Amanda Feery is an Irish composer currently based in the U.S., where she is completing a PhD in Composition at Princeton University.
In 2012 Elaine Agnew’s BBC Proms Commission ‘Dark Hedges’ was premiered by the Ulster Youth Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and flautist Sir James Galway in London’s Royal Albert Hall, one reviewer
Michael Alcorn studied at the University of Ulster and completed a PhD in composition with John Casken at the University of Durham.
Farid Allawerdi was born in Iraq.
David Armstrong was born in Essex, England, in 1927 and moved to Ireland at an early age.
June Armstrong is a piano teacher living and working in Belfast.
Derek Ball was born in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, studied in Dublin, and now lives in Glasgow. He studied composition at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with A. J. Potter and James Wilson.