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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.

Sinéad Finegan completed an M. Phil in Music and Media Technology from Trinity College, Dublin in 2011.

Claire Fitch (b.1969) studied at Birmingham Conservatoire, The Royal Academy of Music, Dublin Institute of Technology and Queen’s

Aloys Fleischmann was born in Munich to Irish-based German parents.

Philip Flood was born in Belfast and, after completing a degree in music at Queen’s University, moved to London in 1986 where he studied with Robert Saxton and Simon Emmerson.

Paul Flynn is from Lucan, Co. Dublin. In 2000 he graduated with a BA in music from Trinity College Dublin, specialising in composition with Kevin O’Connell and Donnacha Dennehy.

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Born in Belfast, Liam Friel pursued his musical studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and subsequently at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

Michael Gallen is an Irish composer and performer.

Stephen Gardner was born in Belfast. He studied at the universities of Ulster and Wales from 1984 to 1989.

Bernard Geary was born in Cork. He has lived in Dublin since 1970, working as a teacher, composer and pianist.

Pianist and composer John Gibson was born in Dublin in 1951. He studied piano with Rhona Marshall, and became a theory teacher at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.


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.