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Michael Holohan (born 27 March 1956) is an Irish composer.


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Michael Holohan was born in Drumcondra, Dublin. He was educated at O'Connell's Schools, University College Dublin (BA, 1978) and Queen's University in Belfast. He studied composition with Jane O'Leary, Eric Sweeney and Seóirse Bodley. He also attended masterclasses by Messiaen, Iannis Xenakis, Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, and Helmut Lachenmann in France.

Holohan was chairman of the Association of Irish Composers (AIC), 1987–9, and was later appointed chairman of the Droichead Arts Centre in Drogheda, where he lives since the mid-1980s.

Holohan was elected to Aosdána, an Irish association of artists, in 1999.


Holohan has composed for solo instrument, ensemble, orchestra, stage, choir and voice. He has also collaborated with a number of poets including Nobel prize-winners Seamus Heaney and Tomas Tranströmer, Ivan Lalic and Paul Durcan.


  • Cromwell (1994)
  • Leaves of Glass (1995)
  • Building Bridges (1995)
  • Ensemble

  • Triangulum (1977)
  • Macehead (1992)
  • A Snail in my Prime (2000) - with text by Paul Durcan
  • Choir

  • An Stoirm, Bagairt na Marbh & Sos (1981-4) - with texts by Seán Ó Riordáin
  • Anahorish & Oracle (1988) - with texts by Seamus Heaney
  • Mass of Fire (1995)
  • Quis est Deus? (2001)
  • In the Empty Hills (2009) - with text by Wang Wei
  • Voice

  • Kubla Khan (1974) - awarded RTÉ Young Composer of the Year 1974
  • Thomas McDonagh (1987) - with text by Francis Ledwidge
  • The Given Note (1989) - with text by Seamus Heaney
  • The Potter's Field (1990) - with text by Ivan Lalic
  • Solo

  • By a River (1985), for piano
  • Aoise (1988), for piano
  • The Road to Lough Swilly (2001), for uilleann pipes
  • Monaincha (2002), for piano
  • Stage

  • Running Beast (2007) - with text by Donal O'Kelly
  • Where a Single Footprint Lasts a Thousand Years (2009) - with text by Ernest Shackleton and Bill Manhire
  • Electro-Acoustic

  • The Source (1990)
  • July 23rd Dawn (1990)
  • Select discography

  • A River of Memories (1999) - co-produced by Breida Delaney
  • Fields of Blue and White (2010) - pianist, Thérèse Fahy
  • References

    Michael Holohan Wikipedia

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