About

Michael Gallen headshot © Daire Hall

Michael Gallen is an Irish composer and performer. Having been brought up primarily with Irish traditional and folk music, he later pursued studies in composition with Jose Manuel Lopez Lopez in Paris, and is comfortable meandering at the borders of different musical styles. He has been commissioned to write for solo instrument, small ensemble and orchestra, and is developing a reputation as one of Ireland’s most exciting composers of new choral music. Recent work includes Wilde Stories, a suite for the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Cór na nÓg responding to Oscar Wilde’s fairy tales, and What You Forget, a series of choral pieces and sound installations commissioned for the Ireland 2016 project. His work was featured in the National Concert Hall’s “Composing the Island” series in 2016. He has been involved in several collaborations with dance and theatre, including TARDIGRADE (w. Company Philip Connaughton) which was a winner at the 2014 Dublin Fringe Festival and Age of Transition (w. Aoife McAtamney) which premiered at the Abbey Theatre in 2016.

In 2017, Michael will compose a large-scale choral piece for Chamber Choir Ireland as a part of their “Choral Sketches” programme, and a new operatic work entitled Extraterrestrial Events (w. Company Philip Connaughton) will premiere in Paris in March, with further performances at Dublin Dance Festival (May) and Cork Opera House (October). He  has been a participant at the MAKE programme in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Dublin Theatre Festival’s “Next Stage” programme, and residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Cill Rialaig and Cois Tine Soundscapes. In 2017/18 he will begin work on an opera entitled A Month in the Lock . His work as a documentary maker includes Vocal Chords, a series made with singer Iarla O Lionaird which won Gold Medal at the 2016 New York Radio Awards.

Michael is the guitarist and lead vocalist with Irish band Ana Gog and performs as a solo pianist under the moniker Sudden Wells. He is the current Artist in Residence at the Trinity Long Room Hub and is represented by the Dublin Contemporary Music Centre and the Association of Irish Composers.