Golden Globe-nominated composer Brian Byrne moved to Los Angeles from Ireland in July 2003 to expand his career as a film and television composer. Since then, Byrne has consistently worked as a composer, conductor, songwriter, arranger and pianist – in the US and in Europe. Byrne has won two World Soundtrack Awards and a Satellite Award for his score for the 2011 film Albert Nobbs, starring Glenn Close, and was nominated for his third World Soundtrack Award in 2016.
From expansive orchestral scores to compositions for ensembles, Byrne has written music in numerous genres. Byrne was awarded his first Irish Film and Television Award for his original score for the Irish Sci-Fi comedy Zonad (2009), directed by John Carney. He then scored the indie drama The Good Doctor (2011), starring Orlando Bloom.
In 2014, Byrne composed the music to “Heartbeat of Home,” a staged show from the producers of Riverdance. Featuring Paddy Moloney, Carlos Nunez, the RTE Concert Orchestra and Jessica Sanchez, the show toured North America and China. In 2015, Byrne then composed the film scores for The Price of Desire (2015), a biopic about Eileen Gray, the famous Irish designer, Jenny’s Wedding (2015), starring Tom Wilkinson and Katherine Heigl, and Boychoir, starring Dustin Hoffman and featuring the song “The Mystery of Your Gift,” co-written with Josh Groban. In 2016, Byrne wrote the original score to Jim Sheridan’s film The Secret Scripture, starring Rooney Mara, as well as writing and producing the film’s end title song “The Cry Inside” for Kelly Clarkson.
Byrne has collaborated with such international luminaries as Katy Perry, Bono, Barbra Streisand, Pink, Kurt Elling, Lisa Stansfield, Van Morrison, Alanis Morissette, The Corrs, Sinead O’Connor, Alan Bergman, Ronan Tynan, Luis Miguel, Vince Gill and Gladys Knight. His American conducting debut came in 2004 at Carnegie Hall.
Byrne was commissioned to write all the arrangements for and to conduct the recording of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for Ronan Tynan’s first solo album on the Decca label. He also released a classical album titled Tales From the Walled City on Decca.
Byrne was educated at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He graduated in 1997 with first-class honors in music and was awarded The Peter Knox Memorial Award for overall performance. Later that year he received the Outstanding Musicianship Award from Berklee College’s touring faculty in Scotland, and won the PRS Sir Arthur Bliss Prize Scholarship for composition that enabled him to study film composition at London’s Royal College of Music. In 2008, Byrne was awarded the Steve Kaplan Scholarship from ASCAP’s Film and Television Scoring Workshop.