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"Incredible musicianship, energy, and humour...a fantastic virtuosic performance, subtly presenting the contrasts in styles of jazz, classical and contemporary music" … ***** Five Stars

…Hotpress

"Fantastic concert...Wonderful musicianship, superb arrangements and the perfect running order"

…Lyric FM

"One of Ireland's finest pianists and arrangers"


...The Irish Times

"Internationally acclaimed pianist…incredibly subtle, textured arrangements"

…The Sunday Times

"One of the most exciting, intelligent and structured musicians working in Ireland today…a beautiful, beautiful album"

…BBC Radio Ulster

"The audience dug him....a swaying crowd expressed a foot-stamping appreciation."

…Time Out, New York

“Soulful Days... An album which is full of swing, tunefulness and bright spontaneity… "

…Sunday Independent

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About
About
Cian Boylan is recognised as one of Ireland's leading pianists, working across many musical genres including jazz, rock & pop, and film & theatre, and collaborating with established Irish and international artists.

An extremely versatile musician, he is equally at home as a jazz and session pianist as he is arranging and composing for orchestra, big band and smaller ensembles. He is also an experienced musical director and published songwriter and composer.

He was born in Dublin and began studying piano at the age of six. While studying classical music, he was also exposed to all kinds of music by his parents, in particular jazz and popular music. He got his first professional job at the age of fourteen and soon became established on the Irish music scene.

After graduating with honours from Trinity College Dublin, he initially began a business career while in parallel building up his reputation on the music scene in Ireland. Soon music took precedence and he quit to concentrate on his music career. Since then he has gone on to working on the forefront of the music business both in Ireland and internationally. He has released two jazz albums under his own name and is credited on over one hundred other studio recordings.

He has performed and recorded with many leading Irish and International pop and rock artists, including: Van Morrison, Duke Special, Camille O'Sullivan, Imelda May, Declan O’Rourke, Cathy Davey, Jerry Fish, Mary Coughlan, Juliet Turner, Westlife, Aslan, Paddy Casey, Vyvienne Long, RTE Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Riccardo Cocciante, Robin Gibb, Sister Sledge, and LeAnn Rimes.

As a pianist he has performed in some of the most prestigious venues and concert halls around the world, including Europe, USA, Russia, China, and the Middle East.

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 has also studied with Golden Globe nominee, the great Hollywood composer Christopher Young (Spider Man, The Rum Diaries, etc).

When not touring or performing, he lectures in Advanced Music Theory in BIMM University, Dublin.
  • First Class Honours in the Masters of Jazz Performance (M. MUS) in the DIT Conservatory of Music in Dublin
  • Filmscoring Programme [2004-6] UCLA / Screen Training Ireland - with the late Don Ray, head music supervisor at ABC and founder of the UCLA Film Scoring course.
  • Advanced Film Scoring with Christopher Young, UCA - Golden Globe nominee
  • Moonstone European Filmmakers' Lab selected composer 2005/6
  • B.A. Mod (hons.), Management Science and Industrial Systems Studies (B.A. Mod), Trinity College Dublin.
  • Lecturer in Advanced Music Theory in BIMM Dublin University Music Degree Course
"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 exciting, intelligent and structured musicians working in Ireland today"
- RTE Lyric Fm

"Fantastic concert...Wonderful musicians, superb arrangements and the perfect running order"
- RTE Lyric Fm

"Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist"
- The Sunday Times

"One of Ireland's finest pianists and arrangers"
- The Irish Times

"One of the most impressive jazz trios to make it's way to New York Cabaret. The Cian Boylan trio melded seamlessly with their vocalist and provided just the right ambience to both the narrative and the musical selections.*****"
- New York Cabaret Times

"The audience dug them....a swaying crowd expressed a foot-stamping appreciation."
- Time Out New York

“[Soulful Days]...is the nicest Irish jazz album released this year…”
- RTE Lyric FM

"Improvisations that fit so naturally over well thought out arrangements and a beautiful rhythmic dynamic between guitar and piano *****"
- BBC Radio Ulster

"A beautiful, beautiful album… *****"
– BBC Radio Ulster

“Soulful Days... An album which is full of swing, tunefulness and bright spontaneity… "
- Sunday Independent

“Pianist Cian Boylan's tribute to Dave Brubeck was one of the highlights of the year”
Irish Independent

"Terrific keyboards…brilliant throughout"
Los Cerritos News, Los Angeles
Work
Work
From string arrangements to symphonic 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.

His work involves arranging music for various theatre, concert and album productions.

As every project has different needs, Cian can discuss this with you in detail and tailor a quote according to your specific budget and requirements.

Arranging services include:
Bespoke/original arrangements
Transcriptions
Professional scores provided for all arrangements for live or recording use if requested
Price of arrangements vary according to complexity
Lead Sheets and String Quartets to Big Band and full Orchestral scores.
Versatile in all styles from pop, jazz, irish, rock, film, etc...
Arrangements can be tailored for live musicians or sample libraries or a combination of both
Synth mock-ups available on request
World-class sample libraries used
Discounts available on bulk ordering of arrangements

Having acted as arranger and musical director for many shows in prestigious venues such as The Helix, The Gaeity Theatre, The Olympia Theatre, National Concert Hall, Cork Opera House and on touring shows in the USA, Europe and Asia, Cian can utilize this experience to see your project through to completion, acting as musical director for your show.

Cian works both as a composer for film and tv and as a songwriter, co-writing with many established artists including Meteor Award Winners, Juliet Turner and Duke Special. He has written music for various theatre productions and instrumental music for jazz ensembles.

He can compose music to suit any TV and Film needs from electronica, folk and ethnic music to pop/rock, jazz and orchestral scores.
In 2005, Cian set up Pyro Studios in Dublin where he records and produces established and upcoming artists.

  • The studio consists or a large live room equipped with a new Steinway Model B grand piano, a vintage Hammond Organ and Leslie Cabinet, and a host of other vintage and modern keyboards making it the perfect choice for recording solo piano live or with a rhythm section. The studio also has another smaller room if required for isolation.
    The studio has been used for a variety of recording projects from string quartets to full rhythm sections with brass, and has recorded many artists including Neil Hannon, Duke Special, Camille O'Sullivan, Vyvienne Long, and Juliet Turner.
    The studio is fully equipped with a 24 track Presonus desk with Class A-Max Pre-amps, running AVID Protools 10 and has a selection of world-class microphones from Neumann, AKG, Shure, Sennheiser, Audio Technica and Rode. The studio also features high-end outboard gear, such as preamps and compressors from Universal Audio, Manley, TLAudio, Focusrite
  • Cian continually works with top session musicians in Ireland, UK and the United States. If you would like Cian to book these for your recording project, please enquire.
    If hiring an orchestra or big band is not in the budget, Cian also has a vast array of world-class sample libraries and a deep knowledge of arranging across styles to add a touch of class to your recording project.
    Mixing and mastering services are also provided.
Cian has over twenty years experience as a professional 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, Imelda May, Declan O’Rourke, Jerry Fish, Mary Coughlan, Juliet Turner, Westlife, Aslan, Paddy Casey, Vyvienne Long, RTE Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Riccardo Cocciante, Robin Gibb, Sister Sledge, LeAnn Rimes.

He has performed in many prestigious venues and concert halls around the world, including Europe, USA, Russia, China, and the Middle East.

He is also a critically acclaimed jazz pianist and has recorded three albums under his own name, '"Soulful Days", "Something We All Know", and "Making Other Arrangements"
Contact
Contact
For all live performance, arranging and studio bookings , please email Cian on info@cianboylan.com
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