Jane O’Leary

03 Jane O'LearyBorn in Hartford, Connecticut, Jane O’Leary is a graduate of Vassar College and completed a PhD in Music at Princeton University. In 2007, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music Degree by the National University of Ireland. Resident in Ireland since 1972, Jane has been active as a composer, teacher, music promoter, performer and contemporary music specialist. She was selected as a founding member of Aosdána. Her music has been performed at international venues including the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., the Chicago Cultural Center, Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, as well as the National Concert Hall Dublin and numerous European festivals and venues. She has been represented at the ISCM World New Music Days on three occasions. As founder, director and pianist of the new music ensemble Concorde, O’Leary has presented contemporary music widely in Europe and the USA since 1976 when the ensemble was founded. In 2007, a CD of her chamber music, In the Stillness of Time, was released on the Capstone label. Her saxophone quartet riverrun was performed at the 2010 ISCM World New Music Days in Sydney, and her sextet written for Concorde with violist Garth Knox, in a flurry of whispering…,was recently performed in Dublin, Paris and New York.

Photograph:Tony Carragher. Jane O’Leary at the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin, 22 July 2014.

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Selected works

Begin (1974) choir and flute


String Quartet (1983)


Strings Alive (2005) for piano and strings


A Way Through (2013) for ensemble


the echo of all that’s happened… (2014) for ensemble



in a flurry of whispering