Éna Brennan

(b. 1990)
Stephen White


Éna Brennan is a Dublin-based composer, arranger, violinist and graphic designer, originally from Brussels. Since moving to Dublin she has obtained a B.A. in Music and Drama and an MPhil in Composition from Trinity College Dublin, and collaborated with a vast array of artists, weaving in between many of the layers of the Irish music scene. Over the years she has had her work performed by Crash Ensemble, Kirkos Ensemble, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Dulciana Vocal Ensemble, Tonnta Vocal Ensemble, New Dublin Voices and Mornington Singers. Éna's main musical outlet is her experimental solo project Dowry – the violin and electronics at its core. Pre-pandemic she would find herself performing on stage almost weekly, whether it be as Dowry, a session violinist or with her quartet Dowry Strings – notable collaborators include Christian Löffler and Bell X1 with whom she has toured extensively across Ireland and abroad. Her most recent commissions include a micro-opera for the Irish National Opera project '20 Shots of Opera' which has led to her participation in INO’s artistic development programme, The ABL Aviation Opera Studio. Recent awards include the Established Composer Award to create a new work in partnership with Sounding the Feminists and the National Concert Hall, the Music Bursary and Agility Award from the Arts Council to create new work as well as funding from the Music Industry Stimulus Package to record her debut album. Future projects include the composition of a new opera to premiere at the Werkstattbühne in 2024 in partnership with the Bregenz Festival and the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria.