Famous Composers from Ireland

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
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    Richard David James (born 18 August 1971), best known by the stage name Aphex Twin, is an English musician. He is best known for his influential and idiosyncratic work in styles such as acid techno, ambient, and intelligent dance music during the 1990s. He signed to UK electronic label Warp and rose to mainstream popularity with the charting singles "Come to Daddy" (1997) and "Windowlicker" (1999), backed by music videos directed by Chris Cunningham. After releasing the album Drukqs in 2001, James continued to issue music under other aliases, including the 2005 Analord EP series as AFX, a pair of 2007 releases as the Tuss, and archival material such as an unreleased 1994 LP in 2014 as Caustic Window. James returned as Aphex Twin in 2014 with the album Syro, which won a Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album.
    • Age: 52
    • Birthplace: Limerick, Republic of Ireland
  • Bill Whelan
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    Bill Whelan, (born 22 May 1950 in Limerick, Ireland) 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 and also won him a Grammy. 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, with its premiere performed by the Ulster Orchestra on BBC Radio 3 in August 2014.
    • Age: 73
    • Birthplace: Limerick, Republic of Ireland
  • Brian Crosby (born 12 June 1973) is an Irish composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist working primarily in music for film and TV .
    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: Republic of Ireland
  • Ciarán Farrell

    Ciarán Farrell (born 1969, Dublin, Ireland) 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.
    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Cormac de Barra
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    Cormac de Barra

    Cormac de Barra is a harpist, singer and television presenter and is part of the Moya Brennan Band.
  • Danny O'Donoghue
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    Daniel John Mark Luke O'Donoghue (born 3 October 1980) is an Irish singer-songwriter known for being the frontman of the Irish alternative rock band The Script and as a coach on the first two series of the television singing talent show The Voice UK.
    • Age: 42
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland