Dave Flynn, composer-guitarist

Praised in the New York Times for the “power and grittiness” of his music, composer DAVE FLYNN (daveflynn.com) 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 Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, New Juilliard Ensemble, Smith Quartet, Vanbrugh Quartet, ConTempo Quartet, Dublin Guitar Quartet, and RTÉ Concert Orchestra. He also regularly collaborates with some of the most renowned traditional Irish musicians, these have included Liz Carroll, Paddy Glackin, Tommy 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.