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List of notable or famous composers from Ireland, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Ireland and even some popular composers who immigrated to Ireland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Irish composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from Ireland is included when available.

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This historic composers from Ireland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Irish composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from Ireland?" These prominent composers of Ireland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Irish composers.

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Aphex Twin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from Ireland
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Richard David James, best known by his alias Aphex Twin, is a British electronic musician and composer. He has been described by The Guardian as "the most inventive and influential figure in contemporary electronic music", and is the co-founder of Rephlex Records with Grant Wilson-Claridge. Aphex Twin's album Selected Ambient Works 85-92 was called the best album of the 1990s by FACT Magazine. James has also released a number of EPs as AFX since 1991 including the Analogue Bubblebath and Analord series of EPs. James has also used and continues to use several other aliases, such as Polygon Window, Caustic Window, and the Tuss. In addition to Rephlex, James has released Aphex Twin records on ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 47

Birthplace: Limerick, Republic of Ireland

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Bill Whelan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from Ireland
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Bill Whelan, is an Irish composer and musician. He is best known for composing a piece for the interval of the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. The result, Riverdance, was a seven-minute display of traditional Irish dancing that became a full-length stage production and spawned a worldwide craze for Irish dancing and celtic music. It was released as a single in the UK in 1994, credited to "Bill Whelan and Anúna featuring the RTÉ Concert Orchestra". It reached number 9 and stayed in the charts for 16 weeks. The album of the same title reached number 31 in the album charts in 1995. Whelan has also composed a symphonic suite version of Riverdance and it had its premiere, performed by the Ulster ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 68

Birthplace: Limerick, Republic of Ireland

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Brian Crosby is a film score composer and film crew member. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 45

Birthplace: Republic of Ireland

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Ciarán Farrell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from Ireland
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Ciarán Farrell

Ciarán Farrell is an Irish composer who has been active in his field since graduating from Trinity College Dublin in 1997. He has composed works for orchestra, ensemble, choir, and solo instruments, as well as for TV and film productions. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 50

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland