“As a composer and a writer, a significant talent”
– The Irish Times

Ailís Ní Ríain [she/her] is an Irish, deaf/hearing impaired contemporary classical composer and published writer for stage based in Northern England who aims to produce work that challenges, provokes and engages.

Ailís’ artistic interests are diverse and combined with an unwavering desire to push and develop her artistic practice through each new project or commission.  Climate change, mental health, ageism and disability are subjects which have presented themselves within her work.

Ailís composes concert music, site­-specific music installations, opera, music­-theatre and often collaborates with artists working in other forms such as visual art, text, photography and illustration.

There have been performances of her work at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, The National Concert Hall of Ireland, Southbank Centre and Carnegie Hall, New York, throughout Europe and on BBC Radio and RTE Radio.

In 2016 she was awarded the Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers.

She was elected to the Ivors Academy Classical Committee in 2020, is a board member of Disability Arts Online and on the Ivors Academy EDI Steering Committee.

Ailis is/has been an artistic assessor for the PRS Foundation, the Irish Arts Council, Sound and Music, Art & Disability Ireland, Culture Ireland and Arts Council England.

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Ailís is represented by The Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland.