Dr Ryan Molloy


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As a composer and performer, Ryan Molloy‘s work has been performed to international audiences on four continents for over ten years, including major concert venues such as Tanglewood (U.S.A.), Lucerne Hall, KKL (Switzerland), Kölner Philharmonie (Germany), Holywell Music Room (England) and Waterfront 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. Currently a lecturer in composition at Maynooth University, 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. 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 2016, Ryan released a CD of his piano works entitled Innisfail, recorded by award-winning American pianist Alexander Bernstein. Other recently completed works include Gealach Chríoch Lochlann, a string quartet for BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists the Danish String Quartet, Cantaireacht for clarinettist Carol McGonnell and Seisiún, a commission from the Concorde Ensemble.

Past collaborations include diverse performers and ensembles such as 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).  

Visit 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


  Year Publication
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]

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