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.
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.
Donal Hurley was born in Dublin and studied music at University College Dublin.
Oliver Hynes holds BA, DipMusTeach and BMus (Hons) degrees from University College Dublin and an MSc (Hons) in educational management from Trinity College Dublin.
Marian Ingoldsby was born in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary.
Brian Irvine was born in Belfast.
Musician, composer, producer of electronic music, jazz, contemporary music, who has written for many groups from small ensembles to big bands.
Fergus Johnston was born in Dublin and is a music graduate of Trinity College Dublin.