Alyson Barber is both a traditional Irish musician and composer currently undertaking a PhD at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with Gráinne Mulvey, previously she completed a Masters in composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London with Simon Bainbridge.  While there she also completed her LRAM teaching diploma.

Alyson has composed a variety of pieces for various size ensembles and media; including acoustic, electronic, visual and animation.

Her music has been performed in London, Barcelona and Dublin by groups such as the London Sinfionetta, ConTempo, Concorde, CoMA London, NMC duo Sarah Leonard and Robin Michael, Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Pegasus Choir, Kansas State university Trumpet Choir and the Academy Trumpet Ensemble.

In 2013 Alyson’s solo viola piece Twists and Turns represented Ireland at the ISCM world music days in Slovakia where is was preformed by Milan Pala.

As a performer Alyson has been playing traditional Irish music for over twenty-five years. This love of folk music has a strong influence on her composition.

Currently Alyson is teaching at Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe.