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Coming to contemporary music through jazz-tinted glasses, Dylan Rynhart's music is fast-paced and engaging.

Donal Sarsfield was born in County Mayo.

Benedict Schlepper-Connolly is a composer based in Dublin.

Paul Scully is an Irish composer and arts manager. He was the Contemporary Music Centre’s Emerging composer for 2022–2023.

Garrett Sholdice is an Irish composer. He has studied with Donnacha Dennehy, Nicola LeFanu and William Brooks.

Jürgen Simpson was born in Dublin. His work spans multiple mediums and approaches including electroacoustic works, opera, music for film, dance, and sound installations.

Since 1999, SOFTDAY, the collaboration of Seán Taylor and Mikael Fernström has developed a number of high profile science/art projects.

Yue Song is a Chinese composer and pianist based in Dublin, Ireland.

Originally from Bochum, Germany, David Stalling is a composer, sound artist and audio producer since the early 1990s.

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford was the most famous composer of Irish origin before independence.

Eric Sweeney was born in Dublin. He studied in Ireland, England, Belgium and Italy and his first compositions – songs, piano pieces and choral works – date from the late 1960s.

Andrew Synnott is a composer and conductor based in Dublin. He has conducted
operas for Irish National Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Opera Theatre Company and


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.