Jennifer Walshe was born in Dublin. She studied composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and graduated from Northwestern University, Chicago, with a doctoral degree in composition in 2002. In 2003-04 she was a fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, and from 2004-05 she lived in Berlin as a guest of the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm. From 2006 to 2008 she is the composer-in-residence for the In Context 3 project in South Dublin. In 2007 she was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York.
Jennifer says ‘The sounds I am interested in include those that we hear all the time but are normally considered flawed or redundant: twigs snapping in a burning fire, paper tearing, breathing, instrumental sounds that aren’t considered ‘beautiful’ in standard terms. I think these sounds have their own beauty in the way that pebbles on a beach or graffiti can have.'
Michael Dervan of The Irish Times says “Without a doubt, hers is the most original compositional voice to emerge in Ireland in the last 20 years.”