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Aoife Kavanagh is an Irish composer and sound designer, active across a variety of music disciplines, including theatre, dance, film, and contemporary instrumental music. Aoife is primarily interested in composing for interdisciplinary work and collaboration with other artists is a key element of her practice.

Recent theatre credits include ‘The Saviour’, written by Deirdre Kinahan and directed by Louise Lowe (Landmark Productions; Irish Rep New York and Pavillion Theatre, 2023) and Mark O’Rowe’s adaption of Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’ (Abbey Theatre/Landmark Productions, Abbey Theatre, 2023). Other credits include 'The Long Christmas Dinner' (Abbey Theatre, Peacock Stage 2021/22); and ‘Tom Moran is a Big Fat Disgusting Filthy Liar’ (Dublin Fringe 2022/national tour, 2023). Aoife assisted Denis Clohessy in the sound design for Fishamble and Pat Kinevane’s ‘King’ (national tour, 2023), and regularly designs for productions at TU Dublin Conservatoire.

​Aoife’s background in dance has influenced her interest in the interaction between music and movement. Dance credits include ‘The Glasshouse’ with Ballet Ireland (2022); ‘The Galaxy of Occupations’ and ‘Man Down’ with Roisin Whelan Dance (2022); ‘Nasc’ with Infinite Pants aerial dance company (2022). and ‘Post Dance’ with Oran Leong and Sarah Muthi (2019).

Aoife was one of two awardees of the Contemporary Music Centre’s Emerging Composer Scheme 2022-23 and has written for choirs and instrumentalists throughout Ireland, most recently for the Irish Youth Training Choir. Aoife’s film credits include the animation ‘The Corona’ (2021), which was exhibited in VISUAL Carlow’s Link Gallery. She has previously assisted composer and music producer Anna Rice on projects such as Andrea Corr’s ‘The Christmas Album’ (2022).

​Aoife also has a strong interest in music education. She teaches piano and music theory at Waltons New School of Music and has facilitated composition workshops at primary schools in Dublin. She holds a BA Double Hons in Music and German from Maynooth University and a Masters in Composition from Trinity College Dublin. Her work has previously been funded by the Arts Council, Carlow County Council and Artlinks.

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