Ailís Ní Ríain is an Irish composer and writer who aims to produce work that challenges, provokes and engages. Her work has been performed across Europe, in Israel, Brazil, USA and Japan, and broadcast on BBC and RTÉ. Her artistic interests are diverse and combined with an unwavering desire to push and develop her artistic practice through each new work. In 2016 she was awarded the Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers.

Ailís works broadly in the areas of concert music, installation and music theatre. Concert music has been commissioned by the BBC Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and the RLPO.

She has been awarded international fellowships, associate artist positions and residences in the USA including Yaddo, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Ragdale Foundation, ArtOMI, Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris and the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy.

Site-specific music installations include music installations for a lighthouse, a K6 telephone box, a disused former cotton mill, the Brontë Parsonage, a castle keep and a railway station accumulator tower.

Ailís has multiple hearing impairments and has made work referencing deafness, disability and mental health since 2006.