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.
Stephen Gardner was born in Belfast. He studied at the universities of Ulster and Wales from 1984 to 1989.
Bernard Geary was born in Cork. He has lived in Dublin since 1970, working as a teacher, composer and pianist.
Pianist and composer John Gibson was born in Dublin in 1951. He studied piano with Rhona Marshall, and became a theory teacher at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
John Godfrey has been a composer, a performer, and a promoter of contemporary art music for more than 25 years.
Deirdre Gribbin was born in Belfast. She studied at Queen’s University Belfast, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and in Denmark with Per Nørgård.
Joseph Groocock was born in Croydon, England, in 1913 and came to live in Ireland in 1937.
Ronan Guilfoyle is one of Ireland’s best known jazz musicians.
Born in 1935, Douglas Gunn was a boy chorister at St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin under Dr George Hewson, and later a lay Vicar Choral at St Patrick’s and Christ Ch
Barry Guy is an innovative double bass player and composer whose creative diversity in the fields of Jazz improvisation, solo recitals, chamber and orchestral performance is the outcome both of an
Kerry Hagan is a composer and researcher working in both acoustic and computer media.
Andrew Hamilton was born in Dublin in 1977. He studied in Ireland, England and the Netherlands, and his composition teachers included Kevin Volans, Anthony Gilbert and Louis Andriessen.
Philip Hammond graduated from Queen's University, Belfast, in 1974 with the degrees of BMus and MA. In 2003, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Music by Queen's.