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.
Kevin O’Connell was born in Derry and began composing when he was twelve. He studied composition with Redmond Friel (1907-1979) before completing a music degree at Trinity College Dublin.
Neil O’Connor has been involved in experimental, electronic and electro-acoustic music for the past sixteen years and has toured extensively in Ireland, Europe, Australia, Asia and the US.
Simon O’Connor has studied composition under Donnacha Dennehy, Roger Doyle and Kevin Volans. He is also an award-winning graphic designer.
American-born composer and cellist Adele O’Dwyer was trained in the USA where she studied with Leonard Chausow, Zara Nelsova, Antony Cooke, Raya Garbousova and Martha Gerschefski.
Composer Anne-Marie O’Farrell has received many awards for original composition.
Sarah O’Halloran is an artist in residence at George Washington University in Washington D.C. She is also a doctoral candidate in Composition and Computer Technology at the University of Virginia.
Barry O’ Halpin (b.1987) is a Dublin-based composer and guitarist.
Eoin O’Keeffe grew up in Clonmel, Ireland. As a member of his local youth band, he played clarinet and later trumpet, before spending some time as conductor and arranger.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Jane O’Leary has been resident in Ireland since 1972.
Born in Dublin, Martin O’Leary began composing at the age of fourteen.
Palmer was born in England of Irish parents and came to live in Ireland around 1910. In 1901 he was the youngest Bachelor of Music in Oxford college history and studied with C.
Dorothy Parke was born in County Derry in Northern Ireland in 1904 and died in Portrush, County Antrim, in 1990.