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.
Bernadette Marmion was born and educated in Dublin. She studied piano with Rhona Marshall and composition with A. J. Potter at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Belfast-born Neil Martin is a composer and musician with an international reputation who enjoys a most varied and rewarding career.
Pianist and composer Philip Martin was born in Dublin and studied with Mabel Swainson, Franz Reizenstein, Lennox Berkeley and Richard Rodney Bennett.
Born in 1936, Colin Mawby is widely known as a choral conductor and composer.
Simon Mawhinney was born in Co. Down, Northern Ireland and was educated at the universities of Oxford, York and Queen’s, Belfast, where he was appointed Lecturer in Music in June 2006.
Frederick May was born in Dublin and began his studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with John Larchet.
Mary McAuliffe was born in Cork and studied music at University College Cork. Her works, which include instrumental, vocal, choral, children’s music, film soundtracks and opera, are performed and
Patrick McCormack was born in Limerick in 1934.
Eunan McCreesh studied at the University of Ulster Jordanstown and completed his PhD in Composition at Queen's University, Belfast in 2006.