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.
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).
Visit www.ryanmolloy.ie for information on other works, performances and recordings.
- 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
Dr Ryan Molloy (2014) Seisiún. Composition [Details]
Dr Ryan Molloy (2014) Cantaireacht. Composition [Details]
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]
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]
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
|2013||BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship|
|2010||Winner - West Cork Music Composition Competition|
|2009||Highly Commended - Jerome Hynes Composition Competition|
|Association||Function||From / To|
|Association of Irish Composers||Member||28-FEB-13 /|
|Irish Composers Collective||Member||12-MAR-10 / 30-APR-15|
|2013||Queen's University Belfast||PhD in Composition|
|2006||University of Oxford||MChem|
|2009||Queen's University Belfast||MA in Composition|