“Dave Flynn is a masterful guitarist” – Sing Out! Magazine

Flynn’s craft in combining traditional and contemporary music elements is always something to appreciate” – Journal of Music


Praised in the New York Times for the “power and grittiness” of his music, composer Dave Flynn works with some of the world’s best musicians across several genres and his music is acclaimed internationally.​ He is also a virtuoso guitarist who has toured worldwide.

Flynn’s music has been performed in prestigious venues including MoMa (New York), Moscow Cathedral and Ireland’s National Concert Hall. He has featured in performances of his own music in Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and all over Europe including Germany, the UK, Russia, Estonia, Romania, France, Sweden and the Czech Republic.

His compositions have been performed by ensembles including the Prague Chamber OrchestraIrish Chamber OrchestraCrash EnsembleNew Juilliard EnsembleSmith QuartetVanbrugh QuartetConTempo QuartetDublin Guitar Quartet and RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

He also regularly collaborates with some of the most renowned traditional Irish musicians, these have included Liz CarrollPaddy GlackinTommy Peoples, Mick O’Brien & Máirtín O’Connor.

Flynn redefined orchestral music by creating the cross-genre Irish Memory Orchestra, a “formidable collective of musicians” (The Irish Times), the first and only orchestra in the Western world to perform exclusively by memory.

His music, published by Mel Bay, Reed Music and Frisbee Publications, is regularly featured by broadcasters around the world including WNYC’s John Schaefer, who dedicated a special edition of New Sounds to Flynn’s work in 2009.

Recent work includes being the first Composer-in-Residence at Ireland’s state guest-house Farmleigh and the ground-breaking world premiere of ‘The Vision Symphony’ by the Irish Memory Orchestra and 26 blind/vision-impaired musicians in glór.

Mel Bay published his ‘Complete Works for Solo Guitar’ in 2020. His latest album is ‘Irish Minimalism’ released in 2021 on First Hand Records.

Awards: Flynn’s numerous awards include the 2016 Eamonn Ceannt Commission, 2004 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Composers’ Award, the 2002 IMRO/Feis Ceoil Composition Award and multiple grants from the Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland.

​Performer: As a performer Dave Flynn is “a masterful guitarist” (Sing Out) who has toured internationally. He made his conducting debut with the Irish Memory Orchestra in 2017.

Academic: He has a distinguished career as a music academic, holding a PhD from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama for his much cited thesis ‘Traditional Irish Music: A Path to New Music’ (2011). His writings have been published by The Journal of Music, RTÉ, Irish Central & Na Piobairí Uilleann.

Looking Ahead: 

2022 sees the world premiere of ‘E-Bow‘ a work for electric guitar and string quartet, commissioned by the Galway Music Residency for Dave to perform with the ConTempo Quartet

A new, enlarged version of The Vision Symphony will be premiered in Galway in April 2022 by the IMO Apprentice Orchestra alongside members of the Irish Memory Orchestra.

Dave is also composing a work for the Oriel Traditional Orchestra, to be premiered in April 2022.