Aoife Kavanagh is an Irish/Canadian composer, currently based between Dublin, Carlow and Toronto.
Hailing from Carlow, she was active in the town’s vibrant creative scene from a young age, studying piano and music theory at the Carlow College of Music, singing with Aspiro and playing percussion in the Carlow Youth Orchestra. Aoife went on to study Music and German at Maynooth University. As part of her degree programme, she also had the opportunity to spend a year studying musicology at the University of Vienna. Upon returning to Maynooth, she discovered her passion for writing music and majored in composition.
After graduating with a BA International Double Honours in September 2018, Aoife decided to undertake further study at Trinity College Dublin, completing a Masters in Music Composition in September 2019. Alongside her studies, she taught piano and music theory at several private music schools and lead the Diverse Voices Choir at Trinity College Dublin.
To date, Aoife has worked on a variety of compositional projects. Her background in ballet and contemporary dance has influenced her interest in creating music for dance and for live performance. In February 2019, she was commissioned to write the music for a collaborative piece between the Dublin Youth Dance Company (IRL) and Rise Youth Dance Company (UK), which was performed in both Bristol and in Dublin in Spring 2019. She received a grant from the Trinity College Visual and Performing Art Fund 2019 to create 'See the Music, Hear the Dance', a screendance which explores the relationship between music and movement. In August 2019, she was commissioned to work with Irish contemporary dancer Oran Leong to create a collaborative performance-art piece entitled 'POST-DANCE', performed in the Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Since the summer of 2020, she has been working as a composer with Roisin Whelan Dance company. She has also written for narrative film, receiving her first film commission for 'Hoodie', a comedic short, in Spring 2020.
In addition to her multimedia work, Aoife enjoys composing for live instrumentalists, particularly for choirs and for pianists. She has arranged music for Diverse Voices, a choir for staff and students at Trinity College, and her choral piece, 'Coiscéimeanna',was premiered in the National Concert Hall in May 2019 by the Mornington Singers, conducted by Orla Flanagan.
Aoife is an associate member of the Screen Composers Guild of Ireland and a student member of the Canadian League of Composers (CLC).