Gráinne Mulvey

Gráinne MulveyGráinne Mulvey was born in Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. She studied music with Eric Sweeney at Waterford Regional Technical College, Hormoz Farhat at Trinity College Dublin and Agustín Fernández at Queen’s University, Belfast. In 1999 she gained a DPhil in Composition at the University of York under Nicola LeFanu. She has attended composition courses in Ireland and England, in Schwaz, Austria, with Boguslaw Schaeffer and Marek Choloniewski, and at IRCAM with Kaija Saariaho

In 1994 she won the Composers’ Class of the RTÉ Musician of the Future competition and in 1998 was awarded the Macaulay Fellowship administered by the Arts Council. Her music has been performed and broadcast internationally. She is currently Head of Composition at Dublin Institute of Technology.

Recent works include:

  • Trombone Concerto (2000), premiered by Barrie Webb and the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra
  • Jealous Moon (2001), commissioned jointly by Carlow County Council and Concorde
  • Stabat Mater (2002) for seventeen voices a cappella, commissioned by Cork International Choral Festival, and first performed by the National Chamber Choir conducted by Celso Antunes
  • Two Reflections (2003-4) (tape) commissioned by the Commissioners of Irish Lights for the centenary of the Fastnet Lighthouse
  • Swirling Sea and Frightened Fish (2003), for flute and tape, first performed by Joe O’Farrell at Waterford New Music Week in January 2004, and broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 the same week Fanfare (2004), commissioned by Trinity College Dublin to commemorate the centenary of the admission of the first female students to the college
  • Scorched Earth (2004) commissioned by RTÉ and premiered by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland

Two of her works, Sextet Uno and Rational Optional Insanity, are available on CD from Black Box Music (Rational Optional Insanity, bbm1015): 

A limited edition double CD of music from the 49th Cork International Choral Festival including Stabat Mater was produced by from Cork International Choral Festival: 

The broadcast of Swirling Sea and Frightened Fish, along with an interview with Gráinne Mulvey, may be heard by visiting 

Two Reflections may be heard on the website of the Commissioners of Irish Lights: