BRIAN BOYDELL (1917 - 2000)
Brian Boydell was born in Dublin and educated at Cambridge University, the University of Heidelberg, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He was awarded the MusD degree of Dublin University in 1959 and was Professor of Music at Trinity College from 1962 to 1982. He is now a Fellow Emreitus of the College.
Brian Boydell was a founding member of the Music Association of Ireland and founder and director of the Dowland Consort. For more than twenty years he was a guest conductor with the RTE Symphony Orchestra. For some years he was a member of the Arts council. The many honours he has received include an Hon. DMus from the National University of Ireland, Commendatore della Republica Italiana, and Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He is also a member of Aosdána, Irelands state-sponsored academy of creative artists. His compositions, written for a wide variety of media, include four string quartets, a violin concerto, orchestral, chamber and choral works.