Ailís Ní Ríain

(b. 1974)
Female at piano

"The first thing I will do is... Begin. Open the mind-vault.Reveal. Delve.” (Ailís Ní Ríain, from FALLING)

NOTE: To view newly typeset scores [2021] please email Ailis directly:

Born and raised in Cork, Ailís Ní Ríain is interested in producing works which challenge, provoke and engage. Her work has been performed across Europe, in Israel, Brazil and the United States alongside broadcasts on BBC and RTE radio.

In 2016 Ní Ríain was awarded the prestigious 50K Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists. In 2020 she was elected to the Ivors Academy Classical Committee.

Ní Ríain has a sensory disability and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the arts via her work with Arts & Disability Ireland, Unlimited, DaDafest, Sound and Music and as an Ivors Academy Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee Member. She has been making work referencing disability since 2007.

In addition to concert music, her work incorporates a wide variety of interests and ideas including a large-scale, year-long installation for a Castle; a suite of hotel-room based mini-operas, a music-theatre piece combining sign-language interpretation, animation, poetry and live music, a site-specific music and text installation for a shopping centre unit, a collaborative installation for the Liverpool Biennial 2010, a music installation for the home of the Brontë sisters.

She has been awarded several international fellowships including Yaddo Artist Colony, USA, Bogliasco in Italy, Ragdale in Illinois, ACA in Florida, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and MusicOMI, New York State. In 2017 she was awarded the Contemporary Music Centre/Irish Cultural Centre Paris Composer Residency.

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Ailís Ní Ríain is also a published playwright published by Methuen Drama (Bloomsbury).