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.
David Harold Cox was born in Portsmouth, England.
Dominic Crawford Collins was born in London. He attended Harrow School and studied piano, trumpet and composition at the Royal College of Music in London.
Tom Cullivan was born in Cavan in 1939. He studied piano locally from an early age. He began composing incidental music for plays while studying at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Elis Czerniak started composing as a late teen during his piano and guitar studies and then went on to play the cello and clarinet.
Shaun Davey was born in Belfast and lives in Dublin.
Grant Davidson Ford works as a sound artist, composing and analyzing spatial music at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen's University, Belfast.
Séamas de Barra studied music at University College Cork under Aloys Fleischmann, taking the degrees of BMus in 1977 and MA in 1980.
Jerome de Bromhead was born in Waterford and studied at various periods with A.J. Potter, James Wilson, Seóirse Bodley and Franco Donatoni.
Edgar Deale was born in Dublin. Apart from sporadic studies with Turner Huggard and W. J. Watson he was self-taught as a composer.
Raymond Deane was in the west of Ireland. He moved with his family to Dublin in 1963, and gained his B.Mus degree from University College Dublin in 1974.
Gordon Delap is from Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. He studied music at Queen’s University, Belfast and City University, London.
Born in Dublin in 1970, Donnacha Dennehy has received commissions from Dawn Upshaw, the Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, the St.