Composition Department

Welcome to the RIAM Composition department. The RIAM is home of the only BA Composition course in Ireland, and our students past and present have won competitions nationally and internationally.

At the RIAM you will be surrounded by the best performing talent in Ireland. Masterclasses by RIAM and visiting performers will give you the opportunity to hear your work played by first class performers.

Our teaching staff have reputations nationally and internationally. Kevin O’Connell is recognized in the fields of orchestral, vocal and chamber music, and Jonathan Nangle in the fields of orchestral, chamber and electro-acoustic music.

Visiting composers have included James MacMillan and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and many of Ireland’s leading composers including Frank Corcoran and Fergus Johnston.

The RIAM is an active and stimulating environment in which to study composition. You are welcome to contact and visit us.

Kevin O’Connell


String Quartet No.1 – Daniela Leitner & Breffni O’Byrne from Royal Irish Academy of Music on Vimeo.


Wolf – Benjamin Russell by RIAM Composition