Siobhán Cleary

(b. 1970)
Siobhán Cleary

“Music should be a collective magic and hysteria.” (Pierre Boulez)

Born in Dublin, Siobhán Cleary’s work has been performed and broadcast worldwide. She has been commissioned by National Symphony Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir Ireland and the Vanbrugh Quartet among many others. Her critically acclaimed opera Vampirella, based on a story by Angela Carter, premiered in Smock Alley in 2017 and ran for four nights to a sold out house. Her work has been featured at New Music Dublin; Horizons; Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland ‘s year-long celebration of Irish arts in the United States in 2011; and Imagining Ireland 2020 at the NCH and the Barbican. 

Siobhán has also written the music for films and documentaries including the scores for two Roger Corman feature films. In 1996, she worked with the Ciniteca di Bologna writing music scores to restored films.

Recent premieres and commissions include works for the Dublin International Chamber Music Festival, Splinter Reeds, Crash Ensemble, New Dublin Voices, Isabelle O’Connell, Elizabeth Hilliard, Nathan Sherman and Alex Petcu, Úna Monaghan and filmmaker David Smith, and Vox Clamantis for Louth Contemporary Music Festival. She is currently working on a theatrical work Circe for mezzo soprano and chamber ensemble with poetry by Frank McGuinness. 

She is the founder and Artistic Director of Evlana Ensemble and Sinfonietta since 2015. Siobhán was elected to Aosdána, Ireland's state-sponsored academy of creative artists in 2008.