Irish composer Brian Byrne has beaten off competition from Madonna and Florence + The Machine to win two awards at the highly prestigious World Soundtrack Awards 2012.

The results were announced last night at the closing night of Ghent International Film Festival where Byrne scooped awards for Discovery of the Year for his score to Albert Nobbs, recorded with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and Best Original Song for Lay Your Head Down, lyrics by Glenn Close, performed by Sinéad O'Connor with the RTÉ CO.

Lay Your Head Down took the Best Original Song award ahead of songs performed by Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Florence + The Machine and Academy Award winner Bret McKenzie.

This follows an IFTA win for the LA-based Navan man and a place on the Oscar long list for the Albert Nobbs score and a Golden Globe nomination for Lay Your Head Down.

The Albert Nobbs soundtrack was recorded in RTÉ Radio Centre by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, with Byrne himself conducting.

“I am incredibly proud of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and its enormous contribution to the Albert Nobbs soundtrack,” says Byrne. “I am so glad I got to do it with the home team. This orchestra’s versatility is unmatched in Europe – let's hope there will be many more collaborations like this one.”

Byrne previously composed The Late Late Show to usher in Ryan Tubridy’s tenure and won an IFTA for his score for the Irish sci-fi comedy Zonad. He has also toured with Diane Warren and worked on the soundtrack for Sex and the City 2. He also played piano on Liza Minnelli's version of Beyoncé's Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).

The composer’s relationship with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra continues in November when his first classical album, Tales from the Walled City, with the RTÉ CO and guests including soprano Danielle de Niese and violinist Nicola Benedetti, is released on the Decca label.