David Downes is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where he studied music and composition. Performing credits include concerts in Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Wembley Arena, and on Capitol Hill, Washington DC, appearing with among others, James Galway, Alan Stivell, Boyzone, The Washington Symphony, Moravian Philharmonic, Hollywood Studio Symphony, and National Symphony Orchestras. Recording credits as soloist include Michael W. Smith, Michael Crawford, Clannad, Moya Brennan, and Bill Whelan.
As a composer, his television, film and theatre credits include Thou Shalt Not Kill, The Enemy Within, The Hunt For Red Willie at the Peacock Theatre, and Jeff Daniels’ Escanaba In The Moonlight. He composed the music for The Shaughraun at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, which broke box office records in 2004. He has been Musical Director of Riverdance for the US touring company, European touring company, and on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre. He was also orchestrator of Riverdance On Broadway. As a producer David has worked extensively with oboist David Agnew and recently produced the Gold debut album of young Irish singer Chloe. He has also worked as orchestrator and arranger for Bonnie Tyler, Charlotte Church, and Secret Garden. For some excerpts from David’s blog click here.