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.
Alex Dowling is an Irish composer. He makes electronic vocal music by repurposing effects such as autotune to try and find new directions for these processes.
Fergal Dowling is a composer of electroacoustic and instrumental music, computer musician and ensemble director.
Arthur Duff was born in Dublin. He studied piano and organ at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and became assistant organist at Christ Church Cathedral at the age of fifteen.
As a prolific composer, a virtuoso guitarist and an innovative researcher, Benjamin Dwyer's creative and critical work extends from a broad base in performance and artistic practice.
Eric Skytterholm Egan is an Irish-Norwegian composer based in Tynemouth, in the north of England.
Esposito’s places of birth and death suggest a life in Italy, but contrary to that expectation he lived and worked in Dublin almost all his professional life, from 1882 to 1928.
Hormoz Farhat was born in Iran.
Irish composer Ciarán Farrell was born in Dublin, Ireland and graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1997.
Eibhlis Farrell is from Rostrevor in Co. Down and studied composition with Raymond Warren, Charles Wuorinen and Robert Moevs.
David Fennessy was born in Maynooth, Co Kildare. He began his musical studies at the DIT Conservatory of Music, studying guitar with John Feeley and composition with Eibhlis Farrell.
Howard Ferguson was born in Belfast in 1908. At the Royal College of Music, London, he studied piano with R. O. Morris and conducting with Sir Malcom Sargent and later studied with Harold Samuel.