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.
Havelock Nelson was born in Cork. He studied at Trinity College Dublin and the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Caitríona Ní Dhubhghaill was born in Dublin in 1975.
Born in Cork, Ailís Ní Ríain is a graduate of University College Cork, the University of York, the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where she became the
Christopher Norby is a composer from Derry, Northern Ireland. He has been working on a professional freelance basis since 2007 as a composer of concert music, theatre music and videogame music.
Fiontán Ó Cearbhaill was born in Wexford and moved to Waterford as a child. He was employed as a railway clerk for 27 years, gaining his B.Mus from Trinity College Dublin through evening study.
Proinnsías Ó Duinn was born in Clontarf in Dublin. He studied cello, piano and conducting at the College of Music, Dublin and began composing at the age of nineteen.
Ó Gallchobhair (anglicised O’Gallagher) studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (1927-1935) and was a prolific composer of easy listening songs, piano and chamber music with a very strong Irish
Seán Ó Riada was born in Cork. He studied music at University College Cork with Aloys Fleischmann and received his BMus in 1952.
Mícheal Ó Súilleabhain was Chair of Music and Founding Director of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.
Vincent O’Brien remains best known as the first singing teacher of Irish celebrities John McCormack and Margaret Burke Sheridan; in fact, James Joyce was his pupil, too.
Breffni O’Byrne was born in Ireland in 1988.