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Dorothy Parke was born in County Derry in Northern Ireland in 1904 and died in Portrush, County Antrim, in 1990.

Brent Parker is a New Zealand-born composer and pianist who has lived in Ireland for more than forty years.

C. S. L. Parker was born in England and moved to Ireland in 1982. He began his composition studies with Oliver Knussen and continued at the Royal College of Music in London with John Lambert.

Sid Peacock was born in Bangor, Northern Ireland. His music practice began in his teens playing in rockabilly and garage bands.

Dublin-born Colman Pearce is a conductor, pianist and composer. He received a B.Mus.

Sam Perkin was born in Ireland in 1985.

Archibald James (Archie) Potter was the son of a blind Belfast piano tuner.

Gerard Power was born in Waterford, Ireland.

A versatile, enthusiastic and well-received Irish composer, improviser, educator and curator Karen Power seeks to stimulate, engage and interact with audiences.

Andrew Purcell was born in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. He studied at Waterford Institute of Technology and at NUI Maynooth where he was awarded an MA in composition in 2001.

Bryan Quigley is a composer, double bass player and improviser. He studied composition with Eric Sweeney at the Waterford Institute of Technology, graduating with a BA Mus in 2001.

Evangelia Rigaki has a diverse composition portfolio ranging from instrumental works to experimental music theatre, opera and dance.


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.