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Ailís Ní Ríain is an Irish contemporary classical composer and writer for stage who aims to produce work that challenges, provokes and engages.  A regular collaborator with artists in other art-forms, her artistic interests are diverse and combined with a unwavering desire to push and develop her artistic practice through each new project or commission.

Her music has been performed at London’s Purcell Room, The Royal Festival Hall, The National Concert Hall in Dublin, Carnegie Hall in New York, throughout Europe and in the USA as well as featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC 4, RTÉ Lyric FM and Channel 4′s Big Art Mob.

She composes in a variety of forms including opera, music-theatre, concert music, electroacoustic and site-specific installation music for unusual historic buildings.

She was awarded The Tom Erhardt Bursary for her play Desolate Heaven which premiered at London’s Theatre503, receiving strong national reviews and is published by Methuen Drama. Tilt has been published by Nick Hern Books and performed in Ireland, Germany, Sweden and Scotland.