Andrew Synnott

Composer  //  Conductor


Andrew Synnott is a Dublin based composer, arranger, conductor and pianist.

Andrew is the artist in residence and chorus master at Wexford Festival Opera. He has conducted opera productions for Irish National Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Opera Theatre Company, Co-Opera, Glasthule Opera, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He has also conducted the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTE Concert Orchestra and Chamber Choir Ireland.
In January 2015, Andrew composed and conducted the premiere of his first opera, Breakdown, in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. 

His second opera, Dubliners, was premiered at Wexford Festival Opera in 2017 and was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award in the Best Opera category.

In 2019, with the premiere of La cucina, he became the first living Irish composer to have an opera performed on the main stage at Wexford Festival Opera. In 2020 Wexford comissioned the chamber opera, What Happened To Lucrece, for filming and broadcast during Wexford’s 2020 Festival in the Air.
Andrew has conducted and been musical director for opera productions at the Buxton Opera Festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and in Australia, Portugal and France. His arrangements of La Bohème, Susanna’s Secret and The Magic Flute have toured extensively throughout Ireland and the UK. 

He is a founder of internationally acclaimed contemporary music group, Crash Ensemble, and served for five years as its conductor and artistic director.


Recent & Upcoming



Synnotts’ writing was sure-footed and witty. My highlight of the festival.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Cathy Desmond, Irish Examiner


Synnott's score is marvellous—a witty and accomplished piece which is unfailingly entertaining.

George Hall, The Stage


Synnott’s new work shows the sensitivity of a musician who has enriched himself through his work in the theatre.

Michael Dervan, The Irish Times


The score is full of colour and interest, and Synnott’s experience as an opera conductor (on top of his compositional talent) shines through in its balanced and varied orchestration.

Michael Lee, Golden Plec