Siobhán Cleary is a composer of orchestral music, film scores, electronica and opera. She has received commissions from RTÉ, Crash Ensemble, the National Symphony Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, among many others. Her works have been broadcast and performed widely worldwide.
She is also the composer of several scores for feature films and documentaries. As a winner of a Pépinières Young Artists Award, She worked with the Ciniteca di Bologna writing music scores to restored films including the Buñuel classic “Un Chien Andalou” . She also composed the score to two feature films “Spacejacked!” and “ Dangerous Curves” , produced by Roger Corman and directed by Jeremiah Cullinane. Other credits include “Crazy Pickles” directed by Maynard Kraak, and “The Time Traveller” by Andrew Legge and scores for Planet Korda’s “Book Smugglers”, directed by Jeremiah Cullinane and “If Not you” directed by Olga Susteriove. Her electronic work featured in the score to Desmond Bell’s “Child of the Dead End” starring Stephen Rea.
In 2017, Siobhán’s opera “Vampirella” premiered at Smock Alley Theatre with a libretto by Katy Hayes based on the Angela Carter play. A previous opera “Jack Ashore” with a libretto by Leland Bardwell was selected Boston Metro Opera season in 2013. She is currently working on a Film Opera based on Angela Carter’s story “The Lady of The House of Love” .
Her orchestral work, Threads was selected by Vienna Modern Masters for performance at the International Festival of New Music for Orchestra in Olomouc in the Czech Republic, and was later released on CD. Alchemy, commissioned by RTÉ, was performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in 2002, and Cokaygne was commissioned by RTÉ and premiered by the National Symphony Orchestra with conductor Vladimir Antschuler, in 2009. Theophilus Thistle and the Myth of Miss Muffett, a work based on tongue twisters was premiered on April 30th 2011 by the National Chamber Choir (directed by Paul Hillier) was performed as part of Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland’s year-long celebration of Irish Arts in the United States in 2011.
Siobhán studied music at Maynooth, Queen’s University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin. She attended composition courses in Italy, France and Poland where her tutors included Franco Donatoni and Louis Andriessen. She has also studied privately
with Tom Johnson and Kevin Volans and studied film scoring with Don Brandon Ray and Ennio Morricone.
In 2008, she was elected to Aosdána, Ireland’s state-sponsored academy of creative artists.