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.
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Kevin Whyms began his musical studies at an early age with the Artane Boys Band in Dublin.
Originally from Armagh, Gareth Williams moved to Glasgow after studying music at Queen’s University. In 2008 he was awarded his doctorate from St. Andrews’ University.
Ian Wilson was born in Belfast and began composing while at university.
James Wilson was born in London and came to live in Ireland in the late 1940s.
Paul Wilson is a lecturer in music at Queen's University, Belfast.
Charles Wood stood for most of his life in the shadow of Charles V.
Having completed a masters degree in composition with Dr.
Patrick Zuk was born in 1968. His mother is Irish and his father is Polish. After early studies at the piano he studied composition with the late Professor Aloys Fleischmann.