Irene Buckley

Irene Buckley


Award winning composer Irene Buckley is active across many music disciplines including choral, opera, orchestral, dance, theatre, film and electronics.

Her score for Nothing Compares (co-composed with Linda Buckley) has received a Cinema Eye Honor nomination for Outstanding Original Score and an IFTA nomination for Best Original Music. Her film score for The Swing was nominated for Best Original Music at the Festival International du Film d'Aubagne, France. She has received commissions from the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Irish National Opera, Cork International Film Festival and Union Chapel, London.

Irene has focused on composing live scores for silent films, which include The Passion of Joan of Arc,  The Fall of the House of Usher, and also Nosferatu and Metropolis (both co-composed with Linda Buckley). These have had performances in venues such as Glasgow Cathedral for Glasgow Film Festival, Union Chapel London for Organ Reframed Festival, Brookfield Place, NYC for SilentFilms/LiveMusic Series and Zwinglikirche, Berlin (with Gudrun Gut).

Recent collaborations include The Tower with Jesse Jones and Ritual with Junk Ensemble. Irene holds a PhD in Composition and a BMus from University College Cork and an MA in Music Technology from Queens University Belfast. She attended Composition courses in the USA, Latvia and the Netherlands, alongside Film Scoring courses under Screen Training Ireland.

 "She's an absolutely huge talent. I've been a fan of hers for a couple of years, she's still young for a composer, I think she is going to have a huge career in film music, if she wants that"  - Enda Walsh on Arena RTE Radio 1 Jan 2021.

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