Ronan Hardiman

In 1990 Ronan Hardiman left his daytime job as a teller with the Bank of Ireland to pursue his dream of one day becoming an acclaimed composer.

He quickly became a sought-after, bright, new talent with the Irish television and film industry. By 1996, when Michael Flatley commissioned him to compose the music for "Lord of the Dance," Hardiman's list of credits and awards were impressive as they were internationally renowned, having garnered major commissions from the BBC and PBS (US) completed.

The spectacular global success of "Lord of the Dance" propelled Hardiman's career into overdrive. Flooded with offers from around the world, Hardiman chose to accept an offer from Polygram Records to write and record a solo project. In March, 1998, Hardiman released "Solas", his first solo CD.

Quickly achieving gold status in Ireland, "Solas" went on to enjoy enormous success in the US and went top ten in the US Billboard New Age Top 20 charts. In January, 1999, "Solas" spawned a top ten hit single in France entitled "Elle Donne", a French version of "Heaven" taken from "Solas."

2000 saw Hardiman working with Michael Flatley creating the highly successful "Feet of Flames" dance show which toured the globe, culminating in an open air performance which played to 100,000 people in Budapest.

In 2001, Hardiman released his second solo album, "Anthem," which again placed in the top ten Billboard World Music charts, and continues to be a strong seller.

In 2002, Hardiman teamed up with Celine Dion's and Rod Stewart's producer Chris Neil to work on material for New Zealand's child operatic prodigy, Hayley Westenra. Her debut album, "Pure," has since sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.

Hardiman also has written songs for English tenor star, Russell Watson, as well as up-and- coming classical crossover sensations, "Amici Forever."

In May of 2004, Hardiman again teamed up with Michael Flatley to compose the score for the new Dance Spectacular "Celtic Tiger," where the genius of his talent has proved to be another magnificent marriage with the genius of Michael Flatley's own creative brilliance.

Ronan is currently working on a new musical project with legendary lyricist Frank Musker entitled "The Sacred Flame"

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