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.
Derek Anthony Kelly is originally from Dublin.
Mary Kelly was born in Dublin in 1957. She gained a BMus from UCD in 1978.
T. C. Kelly was born in Wexford. He was awarded a BMus degree by University College Dublin and was director of music at Clongowes Wood College, Co. Kildare, for much of his career.
Vincent Kennedy was born in Dublin and studied trumpet winning many major prizes at the Feis Ceoil and performing with RTÉ National Symphony and other orchestras and ensembles before establishing h
Laura Kilty is a Dublin-based composer, vocalist and producer. Her musical output includes
acoustic, electroacoustic and multichannel contemporary music and vocal music in many styles.
Born in Dublin in 1932, John Kinsella pursued two careers in artistic administration and in composition, until 1988 when he resigned from his position as Head of Music at RTÉ to fully devote his ti
Jenn Kirby is a composer, based in Dublin. She composes both acoustic and electronic contemporary works.
Trevor Knight was born in England and moved to Ireland in the late 1950s. He began his early musical education studying piano.
Garth Knox is one of today’s leading performers of contemporary music, and his formative experience as a member of Pierre Boulez’s Ensemble InterContemporain and then as violist of the Arditti Quar
Tom Lane studied composition at the University of Oxford, the Royal Academy of Music and the Berlin University of
Mick Langan studied composition with Don Ray, Bob Drasnin and orchestration with Conrad Pope of UCLA. and Screen Training Ireland.
John F. Larchet was born in Dublin. He studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where his teachers included Michele Esposito.