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.
Gordon Delap is from Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. He studied music at Queen’s University, Belfast and City University, London.
Born in Dublin in 1970, Donnacha Dennehy has received commissions from Dawn Upshaw, the Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, the St.
Award-winning composer Eoghan Desmond draws on his vast experience as a choral singer and professional bass-baritone to write music that showcases a deep understanding of the voice and its capabili
Robert Diebold was born in the USA and moved to Ireland in 1972.
Michael Doherty was born in Derry. Initially opting to focus on the violin, he received frequent training from members of the Brodsky and Medici String Quartets.
Christy Doran was born in Dublin and has lived in Lucerne, Switzerland since his childhood. His father was an Irish ballad singer.
Alex Dowling is an Irish composer. He makes electronic vocal music by repurposing effects such as autotune to try and find new directions for these processes.
Fergal Dowling is a composer of electroacoustic and instrumental music, computer musician and ensemble director.
Arthur Duff was born in Dublin. He studied piano and organ at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and became assistant organist at Christ Church Cathedral at the age of fifteen.
As a prolific composer, a virtuoso guitarist and an innovative researcher, Benjamin Dwyer's creative and critical work extends from a broad base in performance and artistic practice.
Eric Skytterholm Egan is an Irish-Norwegian composer based in Tynemouth, in the north of England.