Ciarán McAuley is the former Resident Conductor of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and a former Assistant Conductor to BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Kiel Opera.

He was a finalist in the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award and was a prize winner in the Arturo Toscanini Conducting Competition and Deutscher Dirigentenpreis. He is a former recipient of the Ricordi Conducting Prize and Bryden Thomson Trust Award and he has held conducting fellowships at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Deutsche Dirigentenforum and at Tanglewood Music Festival.

During his tenure with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Ciarán conducted subscription, ballet, family, film and pops concerts and served as conductor to the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and as cover conductor to the likes of Fabio Luisi, Mark Wigglesworth and Roberto Abbado.

He has conducted ensembles such as Camerata Salzburg, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Konzerthausorchester Berlin and has workshopped new commissions for BBC SSO and Norrköpings Symfoniorkester. He has also collaborated with contemporary music specialists such as Red Note Ensemble and Michele Marelli, in premiering works by Detlev Glanert and Marco Stroppa.

Ciarán studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Clark Rundell and at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste with Johannes Schlaefli. He attended masterclasses with WDR and MDR orchestras, Tonhalle Orchester and the RSNO and trained with conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and David Zinman.