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.
Sir Herbert Hamilton Harty hailed from the north of Ireland and in 1895 moved to Bray, Co. Wicklow, where he was influenced by Michele Esposito.
Paul Hayes was born in Dublin and studied composition at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with James Wilson and at University College Dublin with Seóirse Bodley.
Francis Heery is a composer and sound artist from Co. Galway. He holds a Ph.D in Composition (University College Cork) and an M.Phil. in Music and Media Technologies (Trinity College Dublin).
Piers Hellawell’s work has been commissioned and performed around the world, featuring special collaborations with a number of leading artists.
George Higgs is an American composer living in Ireland. He has worked as a composer, playwright, director, producer, musician, teacher, actor and inventor.
Ann Hoban was born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. She received a BA in music from St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, before continuing her studies at the University of Huddersfield.
Piaras Hoban is a composer from Kildare. His work tries to approach in some way the special situation of making music with instruments.
Born in Dublin in 1956, Michael Holohan was educated at O’Connell Schools CBS, University College Dublin, the Dublin College of Music and Queen’s University, Belfast.
Rachel Holstead is a composer from Corca Dhuibhne in the southwest of Ireland.
Irish composer Ciaran Hope studied composition at the DIT Conservatory of Music with Joseph Groocock and Eibhlis Farrell, and at the Prague Conservatory with Ladislav Kubik before attending the UCL
Hughes grew up in Belfast and completed his studies with Charles Wood at the Royal College of Music, London, in 1901.