"Denis Clohessy’s thrillingly effective music."

 The Irish Times on ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’

Abbey Theatre Production


Denis studied music (Composition and History of Music) in NUI Maynooth and completed the UCLA certified Screen Training Ireland course in Film Scoring.

In early 1998 Denis' first professional engagement was producing string arrangements for the band 'The Prayerboat' on their internationally critically acclaimed album 'Polichinelle'. He went on to perform keyboards for the band as a guest musician over the next two years.

Around this time Denis started composing music for film. His work to date includes the feature films 'Under the Clock’ and ‘Older Than Ireland' (Snack Box Films), the award winning 'His and Hers' (Venom film),'The Irish Pub' (Atom Films), 'The Reluctant Revolutionary' (Underground Films), 'The Land of the Enlightened' (Savage Film/Fastnet Films) and 'In View' (Underground Cinema). He has also composed for numerous short films including the multi award winning 'Undressing My Mother' (Venom Film) and the animated film 'Fresh Cut Grass' (Boulder Media). He has also won the 2013 Underground Film Award Winner Best Score for ‘The Note’ (Underground Cinema).

Denis's television work includes 'From Tee to Green - The Story of Irish Golf' (Tilted Pictures), 'The Limits of Liberty' (South Wind Blows) performed by the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Barry McGuigan story 'In Sunshine or in Shadow' (Fastnet Films) and the birth of a nation trilogy 'The Treaty 1921', 'The Siege 1922' and 'The Nation' (Fastnet Films).

He has also composed widely for Dance and Theatre productions including the Olivier award winning 'Silent' (Fishamble). He has worked extensively for the Abbey and Gate theatres as well as for a multitude of Independent theatre companies.

In 2015 he was an Irish Times theatre award nominee for ‘It Folds’ (Junk Ensemble and Brokentalkers) and a 2011 Irish Times theatre award winner for ‘Sodome My Love’ (Rough Magic). He was also a participant on the 2011 ‘Advance’ programme for Rough Magic Theatre Company and in 2008 was an Associate Artist with the Abbey theatre.

"Denis Clohessy, who composed the evocative music and fashioned the intricate sound design, contributes enormously to the overall effect."

Backstage off Broadway on ‘Silent’