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.
Born in Dublin in 1970, Siobhán Cleary studied music at NUI Maynooth, Queen’s University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin.
Angel Climent was born in Spain and began his musical studies as a chorister. At the age of nine he entered the Valencia Conservatoire to study piano and remained as a student there until 1961.
Ricardo Climent is Professor of Interactive Music Composition at University of Manchester, UK, where he serves as director of the NOVARS Research Centre and as head of Composition.
Rhoda Coghill was born in Dublin. She began her musical studies as a pianist, studying with Patricia Read in the Leinster School of Music before continuing with Arthur Schnabel in Berlin.
Dublin born composer Robert Coleman is currently based in the Hague where he is studying for his Masters in Composition at the Koninklijk Conservatorium.
David Collier is an Irish composer based in Amsterdam, who writes music to create captivating listening experiences.
Paul Collins was born in Dublin. He studied organ and harpsichord at the College of Music in Dublin and gained a degree in music and Irish from Trinity College Dublin.
Bernadette Comac is a digital composer/artist living in Northern Ireland. She studied music at Queens University Belfast and undertook a Masters in Computer music.
Patrick Connolly is a composer and musician from County Louth.
Brian Connolly is a composer, sound artist and researcher from Dublin. Having starting out his
Born in 1987, David Coonan is an Irish composer.
Frank Corcoran was born in Tipperary and studied in Dublin, Maynooth, Rome and Berlin (with Boris Blacher). He was the first Irish composer to have his ‘Symphony No.