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.

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Belfast-born David Byers studied composition with Raymond Warren at Queen’s University Belfast and then, as Manson Scholar in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music (London), with James Iliff.

The Irish composer Greg Caffrey read music at Queen’s University Belfast where he studied composition under Piers Hellawell and James Clarke. He was awarded a B.Mus.

Eoin Callery is an Irish artist who creates electroacoustic chamber music and installations, and builds instruments using found materials.

Born in Belfast, Bill Campbell studied music at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown and won the Cornelius Cardew Prize for composition in 1992.

Rob Canning is a composer and performer with a research focus centred around networked creativity and open working methodologies.

Solfa Carlile is originally from Cork. She was awarded the Bill Whelan Music Bursary, graduating in 2009 with first-class honours from the Royal College of Music, London.

Fergal Carroll was born in Clonmel.

Roy Carroll is a musician and composer, based in Berlin.

Patrick Cassidy was born in Claremorris, Co. Mayo. A trained mathematician, he is self-taught as a composer and works mainly in film and television.

David Catherwood was born in Belfast.

Dublin born composer Seán Clancy’s (b. 1984) music has been described as ‘equal part sacred, seductive and superficial’ (Tempo).

Rhona Clarke was born in Dublin. She studied music at University College, Dublin, and completed a Ph.D. at Queen’s University, Belfast.