Musical Director & Musical Arranger
Cian Boylan is recognised as one of Ireland’s leading musicians, working across many musical genres including jazz, rock & pop, and film & theatre, and collaborating with many established international artists.
He was born in Dublin, and began studying piano at the tender age of 6. While studying classical music, he was also exposed to all kinds of music by his parents, in particular jazz, rock and pop music. He got his first professional job at the age of 14 and soon became established on the Irish musical scene.
Since graduating Trinity College Dublin, he has gone on to working on the forefront ofthe Irish music scene. He holds a first class Masters Degree in Jazz Music Performance from The Dublin Conservatory of Music. He studied Film Scoring with the late Don Brandon Ray, head music supervisor at ABC and founder of the UCLA Film Scoring course and was also selected to take part in the prestigious Moonstone Film Composers’ Workshop in 2005. He also studied with Golden Globe Award Winner, composer Christopher Young (Spider Man, The Rum Diary, Nighmare on Elm Street, etc) and Hollywood’s premier orchestrator Conrad Pope (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, etc).
From string arrangements to orchestral scores and jazz combos to big band arrangements, Cian’s versatility as an arranger has enabled him to work across many genres from rock and jazz to theatre and film.
Cian works both as a composer for film and tv and as a songwriter, acting as musical director and co-writing with many established artists. He set up Pyro Studios in 2005 in Dublin which has been host to numerous album productions and recording sessions with established artists.
As a session pianist and keyboardist, he has performed and recorded with many leading Irish and International pop and rock artists, including: Van Morrison, Duke Special, Camille O’Sullivan, Jerry Fish, Imelda May, Declan O’Rourke, Juliet Turner, Mary Coughlan, Westlife, Aslan, Paddy Casey, Vyvienne Long, RTE Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Riccardo Cocciante, Robin Gibb, Sister Sledge, LeAnn Rimes amongst many others.
He is also a staple player on the Irish jazz scene and has recorded two critically acclaimed albums under his own name “Soulful Days” and “Something We All Know”.
“Incredible musicianship, energy, and humour…a fantastic virtuosic performance, subtly presenting the contrasts in styles of jazz, classical and contemporary music *****” – Hot Press
“One of the most intelligent and structured musicians on the Irish Jazz scene today” – BBC Radio Ulster
“One of Ireland’s finest pianists and arrangers” – The Irish Times
“An exceptionally subtle arranger” – Jazzwise (UK)