Primary Instrument: Piano
Cian Boylan is an Irish musician, 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.
After graduating Trinity College Dublin, he began a business career, establishing himself as a successful Management Consultant while in parallel building up his reputation on the music scene. The trials of juggling two successful careers meant one had to go. Thankfully, his music career took precedence!
Since then, he has gone on to working on the forefront of the 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.
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, 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 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, 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 is also a staple player on the Irish jazz scene and has recorded two albums under his own name, Soulful Days with the Boylan | Buckley | Evans Trio and Something We All Know with the Boylan | Rooney Quartet.
Awards:Moonstone Film Composers’ Workshop 2005
One of the most intelligent and structured musicians on the Irish Jazz scene today- BBC Radio Ulster
An exceptionally subtle arranger- Jazzwise (UK)
A legend in his own right, both as a musician and a composer- Le Cool, Dublin
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