Derek Dolan, Born in Dublin, Ireland is a graduate of Screen Training Ireland and UCLA Extension film scoring programs in which he studied Orchestration, The Mechanics of Film Scoring and 20th Century Harmony under the tutelage of industry professionals Don Brandon Ray (UCLA Film Scoring Program)
Derek Gleeson (Director, Conductor Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra) and Bob Drasnin (UCLA Film Scoring Program)

Derek studied classical guitar at the Dublin School of Guitar under tutor Alan Grundy M.A. (Mus).
Largely self-taught, Derek has been writing and performing original material with various bands since age 12.
Currently Derek is involved in providing music for several projects. Derek had his concert music performed and recorded by The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra featuring some of Ireland's finest musicians as part of their inaugural tour of the United States in 2009.
Derek is a member of Irish Music Rights Organisation and Screen Composers Guild Ireland.


"Derek has a real human quality to his music"
Don Brandon Ray-Film scoring program UCLA


"Derek has a natural Sense of drama and atmosphere"
Derek Gleeson-Music Director & Conductor Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra


"Music comes naturally to Derek"
Vincent Kennedy-Award winning Irish Composer & conductor
 
"Derek’s music is full of life"
Kevin Nolan-Scientist, composer and tutor at Pulse College, Dublin