Previous Residents

Find out more about our previous artists-in-residence

Musicians

Isabelle O’Connell

Isabelle O’Connell 

January - January 2018

Après des débuts remarqués au Carnegie Hall en 2002, la pianiste dublinoise Isabelle O’Connell s’est produite à travers le monde - Etats-Unis, Canada, Japon, Australie, Europe -, en soliste et accompagnée d’illustres ensembles et orchestres. Durant son séjour au CCI, elle concentrera ses recherches sur Olivier Messiaen, ainsi que sur des compositeurs français contemporains. Elle aimerait aussi rencontrer des musiciens parisiens.


Adrian Crowley

Adrian Crowley 

November - December 2017

Singer, songwriter and recording artist Adrian Crowley grew up in Galway and is now based in Dublin. He was awarded the Choice Music Prize for album of the year in 2010 for ‘Season Of The Sparks’. His fourth album ‘Long Distance Swimmer' was named as The Irish Independent album of the year and his eighth album is to be released in October 2017. Crowley has written scores for independent Irish feature films and shorts and also collaborates with Ireland’s leading contemporary ensemble, Crash Ensemble. During his residency, he intends to develop a new song-cycle incorporating images and sung/semi-spoken passages.

Photo : ©Steve Gullick

Eithne Ní Chatháin

Eithne Ní Chatháin 

October - November 2017

L’auteure-compositrice-interprète et multi-instrumentiste Inni-K a parcouru le monde avec sa musique folk. Son premier enregistrement a été salué par la critique pour son originalité et sa grâce. Son séjour au CCI sera consacré à l’écriture de nouvelles chansons en deux langues : l’irlandais et le français. Elle en profitera également pour finaliser son nouvel opus qui paraîtra l’année prochaine.

Double Bill: Inni-K & Cry Monster Cry 24/10/2017


Breanndán O Beaglaoich

Breanndán O Beaglaoich 

September - October 2017

Accordéoniste virtuose et chanteur traditionnel réputé, Breanndán O Beaglaoich a grandi dans une famille de musiciens dans le West Kerry (il est le frère du fameux Seamus Begley). Il a collaboré avec les plus grands artistes, tels The Chieftains ou Glen Hansard. Pendant sa résidence au CCI, Breanndán travaillera sur un projet mêlant CD et livre de musique.

Gaulín Traditional Singers’ Club avec Breanndán O Beaglaoich 4/10/2017


Desi Wilkinson

Desi Wilkinson 

June - June 2017

Desi Wilkinson is a leading exponent of the traditional Irish flute and a fine singer.  He has recorded five albums with the internationally renowned group Cran, two solo albums-- the Three Piece Flute and Shady Woods -- and a host of other recording and performance collaborations that reflect his eclectic musical interests. Originally from Belfast, Wilkinson has worked and toured with many of the best-known musicians and groups on the Irish folk music scene. From 1992 to 1995 he lived in Brittany, learning, playing and studying Breton music. He speaks French fluently and has combined musical and research interests throughout his career. He obtained his doctorate in 1999 and has also worked as a full-time academic. Most recently, he was traditional musician-in-residence at University College Cork, where he continued to combine music-making with academic pursuits.

Desi Wilkinson  La musique traditionnelle irlandaise : Un voyage personnel 12/06/2017
Desi Wilkinson & Feilimí O’Connor  13/06/2017


Barry Donohue 

Barry Donohue  

May - June 2017

en partenariat avec Music Network
Barry Donohue is making a name for himself internationally as one of Ireland’s new jazz luminaries. He is also renowned for playing other genres such as classical/orchestral music, folk, R&B, drum n’bass, Afro soul music, Afro-Cuban music, Brazilian music, to name a few. He has worked with many different singers and musicians including Nils Wogram, Chris Guilfoyle’s ‘Umbra’, Michael Arbenz, Mary Coughlan, Sean Keane, Loah, Izumi Kimura, Christian Li, Michael Buckley and Francesco Turrisi. While working towards an M.A. in Music from the esteemed Hochschule Lucerne in Switzerland, Barry spent a semester studying in Paris with double bass master Thierry Barbé. His residency at CCI will provide the opportunity to take up where they left off, along with giving him the opportunity to work towards finishing his debut album Satori.


Lisa O’Neill

Lisa O’Neill 

March - March 2017

Singer-songwriter Lisa O’Neill has toured the world over the last few years and just released her third album Pothole in the Sky. She played at the National Concert Hall in Dublin several times, alongside well-known artists such as Glen Hansard, as part of the official Easter 1916 commemorative programme. At the CCI, she will devote her time to writing poetry and composing new songs in her singularly introspective style. http://lisaoneill.ie/home/

Chapel Sessions: Lisa O'Neill 29/03/2017


Ailís Ní Ríain

Ailís Ní Ríain 

January - February 2017

In partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre
Originally from Cork and now living in England, Ailís Ní Ríain is an internationally prize-winning contemporary classical composer and writer for stage.  Her work has been performed at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London; The Royal Festival Hall; Carnegie Hall in New York and National Concert Hall in Dublin. Her aim is to produce work that challenges, provokes and engages. While at CCI, she will focus specifically on the development of a new music and text project based on the triptych The Temptation of St Anthony (1501) by Hieronymus Bosch. https://www.ailis.info/


Benjamin Dwyer

Benjamin Dwyer 

April - June 2016

A prolific composer and virtuoso guitarist, Benjamin Dwyer has appeared as soloist with Irish, European and Brazilian orchestras. Also a leading exponent of contemporary music and free-jazz, he featured in the prestigious Krakow Autumn Jazz Festival (2014). His Irish Guitar Works CD was released on Cortijo in 2012. During his residency, he is working on a song cycle for soprano and guitar entitled Sobre los Ángeles based on the poetic sequence of the same title by the renowned Spanish poet Rafael Alberti (1902-1999). http://www.benjamindwyer.com/

Meet our artists 8/06/2016


Gregg Caffrey

Gregg Caffrey 

January - February 2016

Irish composer Greg Caffrey has recorded under numerous record labels and his compositions are regularly performed internationally. He is currently the artistic director of Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble, Northern Ireland’s only contemporary music ensemble. While at the CCI, he will write a multi-violin composition influenced by the Paris Metro system focusing on Line 1 - the oldest line. This 25 part contrapuntal composition will mirror its 25 stations. https://www.gregcaffrey.com/


Lioba Petrie

Lioba Petrie 

September - December 2015

Dublin-born cellist and member of the collective 3epkano, Lioba Petrie writes and performs film scores for classic, silent movies. Most recently, she has composed for the London-based "Limbik" theatre company and is co-curator of a monthly salon 'Kaleidoscope Night' in Dublin. Lioba will compose and perform her new score for short film La Jetée (1962) by Chris Marker.

Journées européennes du patrimoine 19-20/09/15
Launch evening: CCI Commissions 30/09/15


Rhob Cunningham

Rhob Cunningham 

September - December 2015

Songwriter and performer Rhob Cunningham has released three albums. He has played across Ireland and the rest of Europe touring with Lisa Hannigan, Villagers and James Vincent McMorrow. During his residency, he will develop collaborations and refine his musical skills in response to the French capital.

Double bill: Inni-K and Rhob Cunningham 4/11/15


Una Monaghan

Una Monaghan 

January - April 2015

Una Monaghan is a harpist, composer, and sound artist from Belfast. During her residency she will develop her performance work which recently has combined traditional music with bronze sculpture, sound art and movement sensors. Her compositions have been presented on BBC and RTE television and radio as well as at international festivals and conferences; in 2014 she created the sound design for the play Flesh and Blood Women directed by BAFTA award-winner Noreen Kershaw. http://www.unamonaghan.com/

Event with artist:
Open Studios: Seamus Harahan, Una Monaghan 12/03/2015


Ronan Guilfoyle

Ronan Guilfoyle 

January - April 2015

Bassist and composer Ronan Guilfoyle has performed worldwide with top jazz artists and his Creative Rhythmic Concepts for Jazz Improvisation is considered a standard text. While at the CCI, Ronan will concentrate on composing “Joyce in Paris and Dublin”, the companion piece to his 2012 composition “Joyce in Dublin and Paris”, using spoken word, improvisation, and written material based on the works Joyce wrote while living in these two cities. http://www.ronanguilfoyle.com/

Event with artist:
Ternary 12 February, 2015


Fiona Hallinan

Fiona Hallinan 

September - December 2014

In her project Heterodyne, Fiona Hallinan works collaboratively with composers to commission scores for specific journeys. She is also a cook, organising temporary food events in galleries and alternative spaces, such as The Hare cafe in Temple Bar Gallery, October 2013. For her residency Fiona will employ the structure of a cafe and social space to induce discourse around sound and environment and generate further scores for the Heterodyne application. This platform allows audiences to listen to scores made for specific places within a limited radius. Recent works have been presented in Mother's Tankstation, Kerlin Gallery, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Brown University, Providence and Koc University, Istanbul. http://www.notalittlepony.com/

Events with artist
The Hare in Paris 27 - 28 Sep, 2014
Atelier portes ouvertes: Fiona Hallinan 13 Nov, 2014


Catherine Sikora

Catherine Sikora 

July - November 2014

Saxophonist Catherine Sikora is a native of West Cork, Ireland. She is an accomplished composer and improviser. Her work has included touring in Europe and the US, and performances on several critically noted recordings. She plays the saxophone with a great tone and mastery of extended technique, and contributes melodic sensitivity which completes Clockwork Mercury’s sonic profile. Catherine will be in residence at the CCI for October and November, working on a composition project inspired by stories of her female ancestors. http://www.catherinesikora.com/

Event with artist:
Double Bill : Clockwork Mercury & Basil Valentine 28 Nov, 2014


Philip Hammond

Philip Hammond 

May - July 2014

Composerand Doctor of Music Philip Hammond spent twenty years on the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and was notably in charge of an international arts festival in Washington DC in 2007. Now in retirement following an encompassing career in teaching, performing and writing, he is often engaged by BBC and RTÉ radios. Philip Hammond has received commissions from countless musicians and, amongst others, the Ulster Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, the 2011 Belfast Festival at Queen’s University Belfast and for a “Requiem for the lost souls of the Titanic” in 2012.

Michael McHale - Miniatures and Modulations de Philip Hammond 19/05 2014


Nick Roth

Nick Roth 

January - April 2014

Nick Roth is a saxophonist, composer, producer and educator. His work explores the liberation of improvisation from composition, the impact of natural form on technology and the contemporary interpretation of traditional music. Nick has performed with and composed for some of the world's leading contemporary artists from across a wide spectrum of musical disciplines. He is the artistic director of Yurodny, artistic co-director of Sefiroth and a founding member of the Water Project, as well as a director at Diatribe Records, Ireland’s leading independent record label for new music. In 2014 he will be Artist-in-Residence at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, where he will be composing a new work for the Irish Chamber Orchestra based on the study of forest canopy ecology. 

Events with artist:
Double Bill : Clockwork Mercury & Basil Valentine 28/11 2014
Fête de la Musique - Yurodny 21/06 2014
Nick Roth & guests - Comme à la maison 8/04 2014
NewSoundWorlds 27/10 2012
My Heart is in the East 18 - 19/02 2010


Trevor Knight

Trevor Knight 

September - December 2013

Trevor Knight is a composer/writer/director who will work on a new collaboration based around the concept of the ‘Filthy Stranded Angel’. Trevor emphasises the transformative power of simultaneous activity, where various disciplines can intersect and ultimately create an entirety of sound, movement and image.


Catherine Leonard

Catherine Leonard 

September - October 2013

Violinist Catherine Leonard will research French composers who wrote some of the great violin and chamber works to find innovative ways of presenting them. She is particularly interested in Ravel and intends to add other violin sonatas – such as those by Poulenc and Saint-Saens – to her repertoire.

Event with artist:
Hugh Tinney & Catherine Leonard 26/10 2012


Ciaran Hope

Ciaran Hope 

June - September 2013

Composer and musician Ciaran Hope will work on several pieces during his residency including a suite of music for children’s orchestras based on a cultural tour of Paris. Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, all can be captured sonically and texturally just as Mussorgsky transposed the works of art in Pictures at an Exhibition. Ciaran also intends to write an Opera about revolutionary Robert Emmet’s time in France.


Andrew Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton 

September - December 2012

The major focus of award-winning musician and composer Andrew Hamilton’s time at the Centre will be on writing a one-hour opera which has been commissioned by the Ives Ensemble from the Netherlands based on the life of Roger Casement. He will assemble the text himself from Casement’s diaries and the writings of his contemporaries.


Judith Ring

Judith Ring 

February - April 2012

Judith Ring is a composer working mainly in the electro-acoustic domain. She is a co-director of the Sensorium festival which creates diverse evenings of interactive visual, aural and haptic installation work and performances designed to stimulate the senses. Her compositions have been performed throughout Europe and the Americas by ensembles such as Concorde, Percussemble, Trio Scordatura and Bradyworks. The focus of her residency will be to write a five movement string quartet with an electronic part based on sound recordings made in Paris. http://judithring.com/ 

Event with artist:
The Viola: A Wild Beast Unleashed 14/10 2011


Deirdre McKay

Deirdre McKay 

September - December 2011

Co. Down-born Deirdre McKay studied music at Queen’s University, Belfast completed by a doctorate in composition in 2003. Her work has been performed in Europe, South Africa and USA with commissions from the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, RTÉ Living Music Festival, Music Network, Dublin Youth Orchestra, Sligo New Music Festival, Naughton Gallery Belfast (with artist Jean Duncan), Ulster Youth Orchestra and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. 


Caoimhin O Raghallaigh

Caoimhin O Raghallaigh 

May - July 2011

CaoimhÌn is best known as a traditional fiddle player whose solo work has become increasingly adventurous over the last few years. His residency will be devoted to work on material for two solo shows: firstly, to use the city of Paris to shoot and edit new film material, collaborating with a wide range of musicians; secondly, to write new material specifically for performing in churches. He will work in the chapel of the Centre Culturel Irlandais, where he knows and loves “the beautiful acoustics”. 

Events with artist:
This is How We Fly 12/04 2014
Fête de la Musique - The Gloaming 21/06 2013
Music in Beckett – Work in Progress 16/12 2011


Garrett Sholdice

Garrett Sholdice 

February - March 2011

Garrett Sholdice is a composer and co-director of Ergodos, a Dublin-based music organization. In 2009 he also founded Harmonium, an acoustic chamber ensemble of flexible instrumentation. The focus of his residency is the composition of an austere chamber opera for female voices and small ensemble, which will utilise techniques adapted from Javanese gamelan music and Medieval organa, and texts from French symbolist poets. http://garrettsholdice.ie/ 


Dylan Tighe

Dylan Tighe 

January - April 2011

Dylan Tighe will use his time in Paris to research and formulate ideas and aesthetics for a multidisciplinary theatre performance based on the poetry of Michael Hartnett. This will fuse theatre, music, visual art and poetry. It will incorporate spoken, sung and projected text, filmed sequences, staged images and tableaux.


Siobhán Cleary

Siobhán Cleary 

September - November 2010

Composer in residence Siobhán Cleary will work on two projects: a work for chamber choir based on tongue twisters in different languages and a ballet based on the origins of the wing shun martial arts: The common  legend involves the young woman Wing Chun after the destruction of the Southern Shaolin by the Qing government. After she rebuffs the local warlord's marriage offer, he promises to rescind his proposal if she can beat him in a martial art contest. The Buddhist nun Ng Mui teaches her to box so that she defeats the warlord. This style of boxing is named after her.

Events with artist:
NewSoundWorlds in Paris 26/10 2012
NewSoundWorlds in Paris - Hugh Tinney & Catherine Leonard 27/10 2012


Irene Buckley

Irene Buckley 

April - October 2010

Irene Buckley is a composer who is completing a PhD in Composition at University College Cork. Her work has been performed at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; in New Orleans and in Copenhagen; in Carnegie Hall and The Tank, New York; and in many other prestigious venues. She is a member of Cantemus chamber choir and, among other projects, will create a new work for the Irish Chamber Choir of Paris during her residency. http://www.irenebuckley.com/


Sid Peacock

Sid Peacock 

January - April 2010

Sid Peacock, from Northern Ireland, is a composer with broad interests who has worked with musicians from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. During his residency he will work on a composition with a Paris-based tango musician. He will also develop a music and narration project based on the works of some of the major Beat poets such as Ginsberg, Corso, Kerouac and Burroughs. He is interested in the field of community music and has been artistic director of Birmingham Jazz Education Project as well as Cheltenham Festival Youth Jazz composer-in-residence. http://www.sidpeacock.com/

Sid Peacock et Steve Tromans 31/03/2010


Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams 

September - December 2009

Gareth Williams is a Glasgow-based composer originally from Armagh. In recent years his work has been in the field of opera and music theatre, two works being commissioned for Scottish Opera. During his residency, he will work with rhetoric and ritual of Irish Catholic language and prayer, using the litanies as material to create a theatrical and cathartic piece of staged music.


Ed Bennett

Ed Bennett 

September - December 2008

Originally from Bangor, Ed Bennett is the first composer-in-residence at the CCI.  The Northern Irish artist takes his inspiration from the ‘surprise’ in music and traverses the boundaries between genres, allowing minimalist, contemporary, and classical influences to interact in his work. The RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and BBC Symphony and Philharmonic orchestras are among those who have performed his large-scale orchestral works and he has also composed solo and ensemble pieces.  His composition both fuses and contrasts acoustic, electronic and multi-media elements. http://edbennett.squarespace.com/ 

Events with artist:
The Viola: A Wild Beast Unleashed 14/10 2011
Speaking strings 6/05 2009