Gráinne Mulvey studied with Eric Sweeney at Waterford Regional Technical College, Hormoz Farhat at Trinity College Dublin and Agustín Fernández at Queen's University, Belfast. In 1999 she gained a DPhil in Composition at the University of York under Nicola LeFanu. She has attended composition courses throughout Europe, notably in Schwaz, Austria, with Boguslaw Schaeffer and Marek Choloniewski, Hoy with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Sally Beamish, Chichester with Jane Manning and Anthony Payne, Dartington with Louis Andriessen, IRCAM with Kaija Saariaho and Wakefield with Jonathan Harvey.
She currently holds the position of Head of Composition at Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama. In April 2010, she was elected to membership of Aosdána, the State recognised affiliation of creative artists in Ireland.
A CD Akanos & other works dedicated to her recent work was released in February 2014 on the Navona label.
1994: Winner, Composers' Class of the RTÉ Musician of the Future Competition with Rational Option Insanity for oboe, clarinet, horn, violin and piano.
1994: Étude No 1 for piano chosen to represent Ireland at the International Rostrum of Young Composers
1997: Awarded the Adjudicator's Prize at the Arklow Music Festival for Relentless for violin and piano
1998: Awarded the Macaulay Fellowship by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon
1999: Winner, New Music for Sligo (Irish Section) with Maelstrom for string quartet.
1999: Sextet Uno and Rational Optional Insanity released on CD by Black Box Music
2001: Appointed Lecturer in Composition at Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama. Adjudicator, Composition section, Feis Ceol, Dublin
2003: Winner, St John Memorial University Composers' Competition with Latitude 50 for chamber orchestra.
2003: Appointed Head of Composition at DIT. Co-adjudicator, Markievicz Medal for Composition. Composer-in-residence, Mercy Convent, Waterford
2004: Jury member, Guido d'Arezzo International Composition Competition.
2004: Guest composer, Maynooth Composers' Summer School
2006: Scorched Earth chosen to represent Ireland at the ISCM International Rostrum of Composers
2007: Featured composer at RTÉ Horizons series - Scorched Earth, Akanos and Horizons Fanfare performed by Robert Houlihan and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, National Concert Hall, Dublin
2008: Akanos included on CD Contemporary Music from Ireland, Vol. 7 click for details.
2008: Akanos selected for ISCM World Music Days 2008 in Vilnius - performed by the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra cond. Robertas Šervenikas click for details
2009: Akanos performed by the Filharmonie Hradec Králové, cond. Andreas S. Weiser as part of 2009 Prague Premières festival. click for details
2009: Stabat Mater selected for 2009 ISCM World Music Days, Sweden click for details
2010 Jury member, Guido d'Arezzo International Composition Competition
2011 Jury member, Guido d'Arezzo International Composition Competition
- O'Leary, Jane: Women Composers in Ireland: A Changing Profile International Alliance for Women in Music Journal, October 1996 http://www.iawm.org/articles_html/OLeary_Ireland.html
- Website: http://www.grainnemulvey.com/
- Gráinne Mulvey's profile at the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin: http://cmc.ie/composers/composer.cfm?composerID=88
- ISCM World Music Days 2008 http://www.wmd2008.org/en/info/12
- CD "Akanos & other works" http://www.navonarecords.com/catalog/nv5943/
- CD "Contemporary Music from Ireland, Vol. 7" http://cmc.ie/shop/cd_detail.cfm?itemID=2526
- CD Rational Option Insanity - details from http://www.sanctuaryclassics.com/product_details.php?productId=5386