Dr Ryan Molloy


Gaeilge agus fáilte

Assistant Professor

Logic House
109 // Office Hours (during term-time): Sem. I/Tues/14:30-15:30 & Sem. II/Mon/15:30-14:30
(01) 708 3730


As a composer and performer, Ryan Molloy’s work has been performed to international audiences on four continents for over fifteen years, including major concert venues such as Lucerne Hall, KKL (Switzerland), Kölner Philharmonie (Germany), National Concert Hall (Ireland), Holywell Music Room (England) and Ulster Hall (N. Ireland). In great demand as an accompanist, he has recorded over a dozen albums and his repertoire spans numerous genres
from traditional Irish music to contemporary classical music. Ryan studied at the University of Oxford and latterly at Queen’s University Belfast where he completed his PhD ‘The Traditional Contemporary Dichotomy in Irish Art Music: A New Compositional Approach’ under the supervision of Dr Simon Mawhinney and Prof. Piers Hellawell.

Ryan’s compositional work has won numerous prizes and has been broadcast both nationally and internationally on BBC Radio 3 and Radio Ulster, RTÉ Lyric FM, Radio 1 and Ráidió na Gaeltachta as well as on BBC 2, UTV and BBC World. Several of Ryan’s works have been chosen to represent Ireland by the International Society for Contemporary Music, at the ISCM Musicarama in Hong Kong in 2015 and at the ISCM World New Music Day in Vancouver in 2017. From 2012 to 2014, Ryan’s compositional work was supported by a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship in association with Moving on Music.

In early 2017, Ryan released a CD of his piano works entitled Innisfail, recorded by award-winning American pianist Alexander Bernstein. Other recently completed works include a violin concerto for Darragh Morgan and the Ulster Orchestra, and Gortnagarn II a commission from the Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble. Ryan is currently working on Buaine na Gaoithe, a new song cycle for voice, flute & harp for the Italian soprano Francesca Placanica and the Swiss Cochlea Duo, supported by Arts Council Ireland, with specially commissioned texts from Irish poet Martin Dyar. 2018 also sees the premiere of Dúchann, a new work for piano and tape commissioned by the IMBOLC International Arts Festival, and Ogham, a new work commissioned by the Ulster Youth Orchestra to celebrate their 25th Anniversary Year. 2019 sees the premières of Gealán, an RTÉ Lyric FM commission of a concerto
 Irish harp and orchestra, to be performed by Máire Ní Chathasaigh and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra on 1st May, and three new art songs in the Irish language for mezzo-soprano and piano commissioned by Dáirine Ní Mheadhra.

Past collaborations include diverse performers and ensembles such as the Danish String Quartet (DK), Concorde Ensemble (IE), EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble (UK), Ulster Orchestra (NI), Composers’ Ensemble (UK), Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble (NI), Konvergence Ensemble (CZ), Franziska Schroeder (AT/NI), Carla Rees (UK), Zoë Conway, New Dublin Voices, Elizabeth Hilliard & David Bremner, and Nick Roth (IE).

Ryan is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre (www.cmc.ie).

www.ryanmolloy.ie for information on other works, performances and recordings. 

Research Interests

  • Irish ‘art music’ from the late twentieth century to the present;
  • Irish traditional music and its development in the late Twentieth Century;
  • Postmodern nationalist aesthetics in Irish art music;
  • Microinterval modality in older traditional Irish music; 
  • New compositional styles allowing fuller incorporation of Irish traditional music in the contemporary medium;
  • The examination of identity in contemporary art and the response of contemporary performers to ‘traditional’ material;
  • The place of contemporary composition in modern society;
  • Cultural contexts of improvisation
I am interested in hearing from potential MA or PhD students or postdoctoral collaborators. If you have any queries or proposals, please contact me at ryan.molloy@mu.ie.


  Year Publication
2018 Buaine na Gaoithe.
Ryan Molloy & Martin Dyar (2018) Buaine na Gaoithe. Composition [Details]
2018 Ogham.
Ryan Molloy (2018) Ogham. Composition [Details]
2018 Dúchann.
Ryan Molloy (2018) Dúchann. Composition [Details]
2018 The Mountains of Pomeroy.
Ryan Molloy (2018) The Mountains of Pomeroy. Composition [Details]
2018 Loinnir Laoise.
Ryan Molloy (2018) Loinnir Laoise. Composition [Details]
2017 Amhrán Fheilimidh.
Ryan Molloy (2017) Amhrán Fheilimidh. Dublin: Composition [Details]
2016 Be Thou My Vision.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2016) Be Thou My Vision. Dublin: Composition [Details]
2016 for Morton O'Leary.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2016) for Morton O'Leary. Dublin: Composition [Details]
2016 Violin Concerto.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2016) Violin Concerto. Dublin: Composition [Details]
2016 Gortnagarn (II).
Dr Ryan Molloy (2016) Gortnagarn (II). Dublin: Composition [Details]
2016 Death and the Post Office.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2016) Death and the Post Office. Dublin: Composition [Details]
2015 Meithealated Spirits.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2015) Meithealated Spirits. Dublin: Composition [Details]
2015 Irish Suite.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2015) Irish Suite. Dublin: Composition [Details]
2015 Innisfail.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2015) Innisfail. Dublin: Composition [Details]
2014 Clearances (III).
Dr Ryan Molloy (2014) Clearances (III). Dublin: Composition [Details]
2014 Bodhrán v.1.0.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2014) Bodhrán v.1.0. Dublin: Composition [Details]
2014 Seisiún.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2014) Seisiún. Composition [Details]
2014 Cantaireacht.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2014) Cantaireacht. Composition [Details]
2013 Concertino.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2013) Concertino. Composition [Details]
2013 Gealach Críoch Lochlann.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2013) Gealach Críoch Lochlann. Composition [Details]
2013 Salve Regina.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2013) Salve Regina. Composition [Details]
2012 Jolly, Slender Beggarman.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2012) Jolly, Slender Beggarman. Composition [Details]
2012 Between The Tunes.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2012) Between The Tunes. Composition [Details]
2012 Sliabh Geal gCua.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2012) Sliabh Geal gCua. Composition [Details]
2012 Innisfail.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2012) Innisfail. Composition [Details]
2012 For A Lone Piper.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2012) For A Lone Piper. Composition [Details]
2011 Séamsur III.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2011) Séamsur III. Composition [Details]
2011 Séamsur II.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2011) Séamsur II. Composition [Details]
2011 Gortnagarn.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2011) Gortnagarn. Composition [Details]
2011 Séamsur IV.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2011) Séamsur IV. Composition [Details]
2010 Third Epistle to Timothy.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2010) Third Epistle to Timothy. Composition [Details]
2010 Aisling Airt Mhic Cumhaigh.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2010) Aisling Airt Mhic Cumhaigh. Composition [Details]
2010 Séamsur I.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2010) Séamsur I. Composition [Details]
2009 An Seilgeoir.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2009) An Seilgeoir. Composition [Details]
2008 Sætre Brygge.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2008) Sætre Brygge. Composition [Details]
2008 Mise Éire.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2008) Mise Éire. Composition [Details]


  Year Publication
2015 Good Boy.
Dr Ryan Molloy (2015) Good Boy. Belfast: Media [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2013 BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship
2010 Winner - West Cork Music Composition Competition
2009 Highly Commended - Jerome Hynes Composition Competition

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Association of Irish Composers Member 28-FEB-13 /
Irish Composers Collective Member 12-MAR-10 / 30-APR-15


  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2013 Queen's University Belfast PhD in Composition
2006 University of Oxford MChem
2009 Queen's University Belfast MA in Composition


  Language Reading Writing Speaking
French Fluent Fluent Fluent
Irish Fluent Fluent Fluent