Mary Dullea – Artistic Director and Piano 

Mary Dullea. Photo: Frances Marshall
Mary Dullea. Photo: Frances Marshall

As soloist and chamber musician, Irish pianist Mary Dullea performs internationally at venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Casa da Musica (Porto), Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Phillips Collection Washington D.C., Symphony Space New York City, Palazzo Albrizzi Venice (Italy), Johannesburg Music Society and National Concert Hall Dublin. Festival appearances include City of London, Cheltenham, St. Magnus International Festival, Huddersfield, Aldeburgh, Sound Scotland as well as Lodi Festival (Italy), TRANSIT Festival (Leuven) and National Arts Festival (South Africa). Her frequent broadcasts include BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, RTHK, RTÉ Lyric FM, WNYC, Radio New Zealand and Sky Arts, Irish, French, Austrian and Italian television. Concerto appearances include RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Mary’s CD releases include on labels NMC, Delphian Records, Resonus Classics, Altarus, Col Legno, MNR, Naxos, Lorelt and Divine Art. Recent collaborations include premiere recordings of Philip Glass for Orange Mountain Music and projects in 2018 include a second instalment of French piano trios for Resonus Classics, a Gerald Barry portrait CD for Mode Records and the release of Marlacoo by Simon Mawhinney.
A sought-after interpreter of new music, Mary’s expansive repertoire covers the standard piano literature as well as an ever-increasing amount of 20th- and 21st- century compositions, many of which are dedicated to her. Her piano trio, Fidelio Trio, are passionate advocates for piano trio repertoire around the world. Constantly commissioning new works, composers that the Trio have worked closely with include Johannes Maria Staud, Gerald Barry, Donnacha Dennehy, Joe Cutler, Judith Weir, Kevin Volans and Charles Wuorinen, to name but a few.
Mary was the curator of Soundings (an annual UK/Austrian collaborative new music festival) at the Austrian Cultural Forum London from 2008 to 2016. She has served on the jury of ‘Schubert und die Musik der Moderne’ International Chamber Music Competition in Graz, Austria. In 2014 she founded ‘Chamber Music on Valentia’ an annual chamber music festival in Co. Kerry, Ireland, with the aim of bringing chamber music performances of international standing, innovative programming and outreach and engagement programmes to this unique place.
Mary’s own studies were at The Royal College of Music, London on the Edith Best Scholarship, Goldsmiths, University of London (MMus in Contemporary Music Studies)and her PhD in Performance is from Ulster University. Mary was on the piano faculty of Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for 9 years. She previously held the position of Director of Performance at University of Sheffield and since 2015 she has held this position at Royal Holloway, University of London.
www.marydullea.com

Mary Dullea Sitting at piano
Mary Dullea. Photo: Frances Marshal

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David Edmonds – Cello

 David Edmonds - cello at the Valentia Chamber Music Festival
David Edmonds – Cello

Having concluded his studies with Professor Gregor Horsch at the Robert Schumann Hochschule and Hannah Roberts at the Royal Northern College of Music, David has enjoyed a successful and varied career as chamber musician, orchestral musician and soloist.

For ten years, David was a member of the Rhodes Piano Trio, 2nd prize winners in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2011. Represented by YCAT, the Rhodes Trio were recipients to all of the Royal Northern College of Music chamber music prizes as well as the Tunnell Trust for Young Musicians and the Elias Fawcett Award at the Royal Overseas League Competition. In their final year they performed at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Barbican, Melbourne Recital Centre, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Singapore and at the Schwetzinger, Aix-en-Prevence and Verbier Festivals. They also gave live performances on BBC Radio 3, SWR2 Germany, on ABC Classic FM Australia and released their CD recording of Schumann Piano Trios on Champs Hill Records to critical acclaim.

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Enjoying success as a chamber musician, David has received several invitations to IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, played a recital in the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal and appeared at the Aix-en-Prevence festival performing Saint-Saens 2nd Cello Concerto with the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq and Orchestre Francais des Jeunes. Earlier this year he performed the Brahms Double Concerto with Thomas Jackson in the Ulster Hall.

Following his academy position with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he has played in a number of professional orchestras in London both as section player and principal. David joined the Ulster Orchestra in May 2015.

David Edmonds at teh Valentia Chamber Music festival
David Edmonds – Cello

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Fishamble Sinfonia

Fishamble Sinfonia Playing at Chamber Music on Valentia FestivalFishamble Sinfonia was founded in August 2013 by a group of student musicians who wanted to provide some of Ireland’s most talented pre-professional orchestral players (now professionals) with a chance to play orchestral music to an extremely high standard and gel as musicians in an orchestra that aims to produce a unified orchestral sound. Fishamble Sinfonia bring in top professional conductors, soloists and concertmasters, making our concerts a top-class experience for the audience as well as a deeply educational process for the players.

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 The orchestra’s other main aim is to explore the criminally neglected music from the very beginnings of the Classical period, with a focus starting in the time of Wagenseil and continuing until the death of Haydn. Mozart and Haydn dominate this period so much that incredible composers like Dittersdorf, Wagenseil and Vanhal are unknown to most fans of classical music. Fishamble Sinfonia intend to change this. In recent times, we have begun exploring earlier repertoire, using baroque bows and a historically informed sound palette. Collaborators include Darragh Morgan, Sarah Sew, David Brophy, Jos Vermunt and Residentie Bachkoor.

Projects include:

Secret Lover – December 2017, Trinity College Chapel Dublin

Directed from the violin by Sarah Sew with trumpet soloist Victor Koch Jensen

Michael Haydn Overture to Rebekka Als Braut
Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713) Concerto grosso in G minor ‘Fatto per la Notte di Natale’, Op.6 No.8
Alessandro Marcello (1673–1747) Oboe Concerto in D minor [arr. piccolo trumpet]
Joseph Bologne (1745–1799) Overture to L’Amant Anonyme
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) Symphony No. 29 in A major K.201

Fishamble Sinfonia playing at Chamber Music on Valentia Festival
Chamber Music on Valentia – August 2017

Directed from the violin by Darragh Morgan, joined by Keith Pascoe and Francesco Dillon

Thomas Arne – Overture
William Boyce – Symphony No. 4 in F
Pietro Castrucci – Concerto Grosso Op. 12 No. 3 in D
Francesco Geminiani – Concerto Grosso Op. 3 No 4 in D minor
Matthew Dubourg – Minuet (arr. Morgan/Collins)
Carolan Suite (arr. Morgan)
George Frederic Handel – Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 5 in D
Suite for uilleann pipes and strings (arr. Morgan)
Lament for Limerick – uilleann pipes and strings

St John Passion – October 2016, Christ Church Cathedral

Conducted by Jos Vermunt, with Residentie Bachkoor, Clemens Löschmann and emerging Irish soloists

Also:

Complete Mozart Masses with Dun Laoghaire Choral Society, conducted by David Brophy

Lully Te Deum, Purcell My Heart is Inditing, Handel Solomon, Vivaldi Beatus Vir RV 597, Kyrie in G minor RV 587, Lauda Jerusalem RV 609, Dixit Dominus – all with Dun Laoghaire Choral Society, Galway Baroque Singers and David Brophy

Mozart Sinfonia Concertante (Sarah Sew, Adele Johnson), Haydn Symphony No. 22 at Hugh Lane Gallery in MusicTown festival 2015

Launch concert: Conducted by David Brophy, with soloist William Dowdall. Music by Dittersdorf, CPE Bach, Wagenseil. Sept 2014, Smock Alley

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Mike Kelley – Viola 

Mike Kelly Viola
Mike Kelly

Mike Kelley, viola, graduated from The Walnut Hill School for the Arts and has received degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School. His teachers have included Leonard Matczynski, Jeffrey Irvine, and Karen Tuttle. A Primrose International Viola Competition finalist at the age of 18, Mike joined the resident ensemble of the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music three years later and has been performing and touring internationally with the group for over 20 years. He is the Music Coordinator of Apple Hill’s Summer Chamber Music Workshop where he directs sessions, performs concerts, and coaches chamber music throughout the summer in New Hampshire. An active composer, Mike has been a Teaching Fellow in Electronic Music at Juilliard, and a guest lecturer at Harvard on the subject of electronic dance music. Under a pop-disco alias, he has performed worldwide in clubs such as Webster Hall (NYC), the O2 (London), and Berghain (Berlin), and has written and produced music for many pop acts, including Metro Area, Caribou, Madonna, and Pharrell. His albums have recently been selected for the “best of the decade” lists of music magazines Stylus and Fact, and have been highly recommended by Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork, and the Guardian.
http://applehill.org/about-us/apple-hill-string-quartet/

Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour – Composer

Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour at Chamber Music on Valentia
Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour – Composer

Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour is a leading Iranian contemporary composer. He specialises in contemporary music that reaches across time and continents and has worked with a number of major ensembles, soloists and orchestras. In 2003 he won the first prize at the biennial composition competition for new music at Tehran University with his solo piano work ‘Images of Childhood’ and in the same year he was awarded a silver medal for outstanding achievement at Trinity College of Music. The BBC commissioned a Harp Concerto in 2005, which was premiered under the baton of Pascal Rophé and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. His opera The Doll Behind the Curtain, based on a work by the Persian modernist writer Sadeq Hedayat, was premiered at the ‘Tete a Tete Opera Festival’ in King’s Place, 2015 in London. Amir Mahyar has studied Piano and Composition at the Esbjerg Academy of Music, Trinity College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and in 2016 he completed his PhD in composition at Brunel University, London, under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Fox. He is currently working on his second opera, based on the struggle between the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company and Iranian prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh.

Persian Echoes, a CD of Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour’s music, peformed by the English Chamber Orchestra and the Crash Ensemble, is now out now on the Naxos label.

Peter Martens – Cello

Peter Martens Cello
Peter Martens Cello

South African cellist, Peter Martens, recently gave a performance of Tchaikovsky’s original Rococo Variations in London of which the critic Frances Wilson wrote, “[This performance] combined understated virtuosity (the work contains some fiendish technical challenges for the cellist and few opportunities for the soloist to rest) with a delightful interplay between soloist and ensemble. Peter Martens’ tone was rich and colourful, balancing wit with seriousness to create a performance of great variety, character and warmth.”

Peter Martens and Portuguese pianist, Luis Magalhães, won the 2011 Classical Music SAMA for their recording of the complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano by Beethoven. Joanne Talbot of the Strad Magazine wrote, “Martens delivers brilliantly incisive and spirited accounts of all these works.”

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Of his CD of the Bach Cello Suites, Robin Stowell, of the Strad Magazine wrote, “Peter Martens’s interpretations are thoughtfully prepared and generally commendably executed, balancing modern performance practices with the simple clarity of period style. […] Martens brings aristocratic poise, poetry and rhythmic flexibility to the preludes. […] His courantes are generally fast and light and his sarabandes are profound and freely contemplative. […] Martens is playful in the gallantries, giving spring to the pairs of menuets in nos. 1 and 2, playing the bourées in mischievous vein […] and injecting the gavottes with a sense of fun.”

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Peter Martens studied with Dalena Roux at Stellenbosch University and Heidi Litschauer at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He holds a Masters Degree from the University of Cape Town (A Practical Guide to the performance of the Bach cello six suites on a modern instrument) and a PhD from Stellenbosch University (Contemporary performance of Beethoven’s cello sonatas with special reference to Carl Czerny).

In 1989, Peter was principal cellist of the World Youth Orchestra in Michigan U.S.A.. Whilst a student in Salzburg, he was principal cellist of the chamber orchestra Salzburger Musici and has since occasionally freelanced with the Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg. In 1993 Peter returned to South Africa and occupied principal positions in the New Arts Philharmonic and Cape Philharmonic before moving to the University of Stellenbosch where he currently holds the position of Director of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival. Additional orchestral work includes having intermittently occupied the position of guest principal cellist of the chamber orchestra, Camerata Tinta Barocca. Peter also won a trial with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, a job he eventually elected not to take in the interest of perusing more solo and chamber music.

He is a member of the Amici String Quartet and has enjoyed other chamber music partnerships with, Lamar Crowson, Nina Schumann and Luis Magalhães (piano), Benjamin Schmid, Sergei Malov, Mirijam Contzen, Daniel Rowland, David Juritz, Alisa Margulis, Priya Mitchell, Ivry Gitlis and Suzanne Martens (violin), Wolfgang Schmidt and Alexander Buzlov (cello), Leon Bosch and Uxía Martínez Botana (double bass) and members of the Osiris Piano Trio, Amsterdam. Highlights in recent years have included the Schubert Quintet with the Brodsky String Quartet in London; several performances of the Gulda Cello Concerto; various chamber music performances with pianist, Leslie Howard; several performances of the six Bach Cello Suites; a performance of a C.P.E. Bach cello concerto with the Orfeo Chamber Orchestra in Antwerp and a performance of the Beethoven cello sonatas for the Salzburger Schloßkonzerte with pianist Ariane Haering. Concerto engagements have resulted in collaborations with a number of fine conductors including Victor Yampolsky, Bernard Gueller, Douglas Boyd, Nicholas Cleobury, Wolfram Christ and Jonas Alber. He has participated in festivals in France, Russia, Holland, Salzburg, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Portugal as well has having performed in the U.K., U.S.A. and Belgium. Many South African composers have written for him, the most notable composition being the Cello Concerto by Allan Stephenson, which he recorded for Meridian Records with the Cape Philharmonic. He has subsequently given the world premiere of Peter Klatzow’s sonata for cello and piano both in South Africa and in Cambridge. A recent performance of Klatzow’s sonata at the Leeds International Concert Series was broadcast worldwide via live streaming.His CD of the Bach Cello Suites, available from TwoPianists Records was launched in March 2013 with a three-hour recital including all six suites, streamed live from the Endler Hall Stellenbosch.

In addition to his Bach, Beethoven and Stephenson CDs, Peter features on a CD released by Cello Classics, London called Dances for Six. This CD is a compilation of original South African works for six celli. Peter also performs alongside cellist Julian Arp on a CD of Korngold’s chamber music lead by Daniel Rowland and released by TwoPianists Records. Peter has just recorded a disc of French and Belgian repertoire including Saint-Saëns’ first cello concerto and Vieuxtemps’ first cello concerto with the Cape Philharmonic under the baton of Berhard Gueller. This disc has yet to be released.Peter is now Artistic Director of the award-winning Stellenbosch University Camerata that teamed up with Joshua Bell in performances of Vivaldi’s (2012) and Piazzolla’s (2015) Four Seasons in Stellenbosch. In February 2016, together with the SU Camerata, he has performed and directed the Beethoven ‘Triple’ concerto together with Priya Mitchell (violin) and Dirk Mommertz (piano), having done so several years prior with Benjamin Schmid (violin) and Luis Magalhães (piano). With Suzanne Martens, he and the SU Camerata have given several performances of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante KV 364 for which his own transcription for cello of the solo viola part is available from Stellenbosch University Press. In August 2014 the US Camerata accompanied and played under the baton of Pinchas Zukerman to great critical acclaim. Under Peter’s baton, the SU Camerata has recorded a number of feature film scores for award winning movies such as Khumba and Die Wonderwerker. 2016 saw the release of the first US Camerata CD on Sony Classical featuring the Tim Kliphuis Jazz Trio as soloists.

Peter ordinarily plays on a Lockey Hill cello, but inspired by the Historically Informed Performance Practice movement, acquired a Baroque cello in 2013. Thus far, he has performed on Baroque cello with the University of Stellenbosch Baroque Ensemble under the direction of Pauline Nobes, Camerata Tinta Barocca under the direction of Erik Dippenaar and with L’Orfeo Baroque in celebrating Dr. Barry Smith’s 50 years of music making in Cape Town. He is married with two children to violinist, Suzanne Martens.

www.petermartens.co.za

Peter Martens Cello Chamber Music on Valentia

 

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Darragh Morgan – Violin

Darragh Morgan Playing at Chamber Music on Valentia Festival 2017
Darragh Morgan Photo: Frances Marshall

Irish violinist Darragh Morgan (b. 1974) leads a successful career in classical music and is known for his versatile ability to perform music from baroque to contemporary styles. He frequently performs and records solo and concerto repertoire including world premieres and works dedicated to him written by major contemporary composers such as Arvo Pärt, Sir John Tavener, Kevin Volans, Gerald Barry and Michael Finnissy. His impeccable technique and openness to exploring new styles are widely recognised and have led to regular collaborations with artists such as Thomas Adès, Emmanuel Pahud and Nicholas Daniel. World-class international groups, including Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Group and Les Siècles have invited Darragh to be their guest leader and this has seen him working closely with conductors Pierre Boulez, François-Xavier Roth, Oliver Knussen and Heinz Holliger.

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As a soloist, Darragh has performed at Wien Modern, Festival d’Automne Paris, Osterfestival Tirol, Lucerne Festival, BBC Proms Chamber Music, Aldeburgh, Spitalfields, Cheltenham, and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festivals. His interest in chamber music has led him to found The Fidelio Trio. Described by The Sunday Times as “the virtuosic Fidelio Trio”, they have performed at Wigmore Hall and Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, and recorded Michael Nyman’s Complete Piano Trios for MN Records and Philip Glass Trios on Orange Mountain Music. As former violinist in the Smith Quartet, the group performed and recorded with artists as divers as Louis Andriessen, Gavin Bryars and Steve Reich, and appeared at Seoul Arts Centre and The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.
Darragh has recorded over 50 solo and chamber albums for classical music labels including NMC, Naxos, Resonus Classics and Signum. He serves on the violin faculty at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and previously at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is regularly invited to give masterclasses at world-class institutions such as Peabody Conservatory and Curtis Institute. His achievements as a musician are heavily indebted to his teachers and coaches including Yehudi Menuhin, Mauricio Fuks, Pinchas Zukerman, Detlef Hahn and the Amadeus and Takács Quartets during his formative years.
Darragh plays an 1848 Giuseppe Rocca violin, generously on loan from the Morgan-Rocca Instrument Trust which is administered by The Royal Society of Musicians.
www.darraghmorgan.com

Darragh Morgan Playing at Chamber Music on Valentia Feastival
Darragh Morgan Photo: Frances Marshall

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M’ANAM

M’ANAM is made up of eight men and has grown naturally out of the of the extraordinary phenomenon that is ANÚNA. The title of the group “My Soul” ties into the ideas behind the music that the group sing and is created by Irish composer Michael McGlynn and the singers themselves who have created the arrangements and original material.

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The connection to Ireland is very deep and strong, and the repertoire includes a number of pieces in the English and Irish languages. This programme will feature some well-known material such as “Fionnghuala” and “The Parting Glass”, but it also displays some of the expansive and virtuosic repertoire that is the distinguishing feature of this group. “Gúnnarsholmi” is a beautiful setting from the Icelandic tradition, while “Bandó Ribineann” belongs to the Scottish tradition of Mouth Music.

M’ANAM are connected to the ebb and flow of inspiration that resides in the landscape of Ireland and beyond, infusing their original material with an expansive understanding of the connection between the audience and the performer.

In June 2018 M’ANAM will release their first CD, entitled M’ANAM and follow that with a short tour.

http://manam.ie

M'anam playing at Valentia Chamber Music Festival
M’anam

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Seán Ó Dálaigh – Installation at The Lighthouse, 18th August
 
Seán Ó‘Dálaigh is a composer/performer from and based in Kerry, Ireland. His music is concerned with things like space, silence and the physicality of sound production. He has recently been engaged with a personal investigation of his practices relationship to place, heritage and the Irish language.  His practice includes writing for ensembles and musicians, composing for/collaborating with and performing in contemporary theatre and dance works and performative installations incorporating improvisation, electronic music and audience participation.
 
He has worked/work-shopped with, among others, The Zafraan Ensemble (Berlin), Ensemble Meitar (Israel), DissonArt Ensemble (Greece), the Asko| Schönberg ensemble (Amsterdam), Musicatreize (Marseilles), the Kirkos Ensemble (Dublin), the Niuew Ensemble (Amsterdam), the Kelvin-Helmholtz Ensemble (The Hague/Amsterdam), Amit Dolberg, piano and Yoonhee Lee, violin. His works have been performed in Ireland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Israel and Switzerland. As an improviser he has performed in Cafe OTO (London), the Dublin Dance Festival (2018) and at KFest Arts Festival (Kerry, 2018). In January 2018 he founded the arts collective, éisteacht, for the production and dissemination of new work centred in rural Ireland related to practices of Listening. Their first production, ‘(de)nature’ was programmed at the KFest Arts Festival in Killorglin, Kerry, 2018, where it was selected as a runner up for the Screaming Pope Prize.

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He was a recipient of the 2016 Next Generation Bursary from the Irish Arts Council, one of 16 in the country selected across all disciplines as well as other individual artist bursaries and commissions in 2017 and 2018.
He has most recently studied composition with Jennifer Walshe. Before this he studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Richard Ayres and Wim Henderickx, graduating with a master’s degree in composition in 2015.  He attended the one-year course at the institute for Sonology in Den Haag in 2015/16.  He has been invited to present work at several international festivals and workshops including the CEME festival and workshop 2018 in Tel Aviv with Ensemble Meitar and Georg Friedrich Haas, the Labiritmo Composers workshop 2017 with Yannis Kyriakides, Sardinia, the Mixtur Festival, Barcelona 2016 & 2018 and the TENSO composers workshop 2015.

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Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – Fiddle

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh Portrait Playing at Chamber Music on Valentia
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Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh makes music on a 10-string fiddle called the hardanger d’amore, and travels the world as a solo musician, in various duos, and as a member of two bands, The Gloaming and This is How we Fly.

He has performed on some of the most beautiful stages in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and the Lincoln Center.

He has made sixteen recordings to date, ranging from quite traditional to fairly out there, and continues to explore the region where traditional music begins to disintegrate.

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Caoimhín is known as a collaborator, having worked with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Amiina and Vincent Moon.

He has made music for theatre and film, including music for the Oscar-nominated movie Brooklyn and Volker Schlondorff’s Return to Montauk.

the most imaginative and fascinating musician in all of trad
– Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo, USA

the missing link between Martin Hayes and Purple Haze
– Nick Kelly, Irish Independent, Ireland

the most singular traditional Irish musician of [his] generation
– State Magazine, Ireland

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh Playing at Chamber Music on Valentia
Photo by Con Kelleher

Video links:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrb2Tg_0hcY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQa48j-mz5c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R48lXNaeT00
https://vimeo.com/194753005

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Judith Ring – Composer

Judith Ring Composer at Valentia Chamber Music Festival
Judith Ring Composer

 

Judith Ring (1976, Dublin, Ireland) is a composer/musician/producer and all round music lover based in Dublin, Ireland. She has been writing music for the past 20 years and has been greatly inspired by living in such places as Berlin, London, York, Paris and Dublin. Her music stems from the electro-acoustic world and its core technique is based on the practices of musique concrète. Over the years this has expanded and been influenced by more improvised and instrumental territories derived from a deep exploration of instrumental timbre through collaborative projects with a large number of musicians.

Current works underway include a multi-media music-theatre piece based on a text by writer/composer Michael Gallen partly funded by an Opera bursary from the Arts Council and a set of cello pieces for Martin Johnson. As part of the vocal trio Silver Kites Ring was commissioned to write four pieces for the New Music Dublin 2018 festival as part of the record label Ergodos’ Secret Walking Trail.

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Her EP The Ring Lieder was self-released in 2017 and used 4 poems by poet Roderick Ford as the lyrics for the songs. These were performed by Ring herself (voice and piano), Adrian Hart (violin), Lisa Dowdall (viola) and Kate Ellis (cello).

In October 2014 her debut cd entitled What Was was released on Ergodos records to great acclaim. This was funded by the Music Network recording scheme.

She has written pieces for Concorde ensemble, Crash Ensemble, Percusemble (Berlin), Trio Scordatura (Amsterdam), Tryst, University of York chamber orchestra, and Bradyworks (Canada). She has also written a large number of solo/duo with/without tape for Martin and Adele Johnson, Michelle O’Rourke (voice), Kate Ellis (cello), Garth Knox (viola), Natasha Lohan (voice), Paul Roe (bass clarinet), Laura Moody (Cello), Damien Harron (percussion), Elisabeth Smalt (adapted viola), Malachy Robinson (double bass), Andre Leroux (tenor sax) and Rolf Hind (piano). Her pieces have been performed worldwide.

Ring is also a member of Laura Hyland’s critically acclaimed experimental folk band Clang Sayne.

She has a PhD in composition from the University of York and Masters in Music and Media Technologies from Trinity College Dublin.

Judith is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland and the Association of Irish Composers.

For more information please visit:
www.judithring.com
www.soundcloud.com/judith-ring
www.ergodos.ie/shop/records/what-was/

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Siripong Albert Tiptan – Violin

Siripong Albert Tiptan play at Valentia Chamber Music Festival
Siripong Albert Tiptan

Siripong joined the Conservatory of Music at Rangsit University as the Head of String Department in 2007. He has been active in Thailand’s musical scene for almost twenty years since his first appeared for public concerts. He is considered by music critics and classical music lovers in Thailand to be “one of the best young violinists and a very enchanting performer”. Siripong received his Bachelor degree in Violin Performance from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. While studied with Prof. Michael Ma as a full scholarship student at HKAPA, he won the Concerto Competition 2 years in a row and was also awarded the Duchess of Kent scholarship for excellent student. He was selected to be the concert master of the school orchestra for HKAPA European tour with their first performances at Casal Festival in Prades and Karinthia Music Festival in France and Austria. Siripong has participated in numerous master classes with illustrious artists such as Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, and Cho-liang Lin. After graduating from the HKAPA, he won the concert-master post of the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, the “youngest concert master in the RBSO history”. In 2001, Siripong won the Graduate Teaching Fellowship award from the University of Oregon as well as HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana’s scholarship to study for his Masters degree with Prof. Katheryne Lucktenberg and Alyssa Park.

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During his time in the USA, Siripong played regularly with numerous professional orchestras such as The Eugene Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Mozart Players and he was invited to join the Oregon Bach Festival, one of the biggest music festivals in the West Coast, USA. Siripong is now concertmaster of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Mai-Thai Chamber Orchestra and invited guest concertmaster of the Nusantrara Orchestra in Indonesia and Macao Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with many international and world class artists such as Dmitry Sitkovesky, Sir Neville Marriner, Barry Douglas, Krystian Zimmerman, Stephen Hough, Kennedy, Okko Kamu and Lukas Foss.
He is also a founder of the Bangkok String Quartet, The Artist Ensemble of Bangkok, and the RSU Piano Trio.
2016-2017 season saw Siripong appear as soloist at Tokyo Opera City Hall in Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante, with the National Symphony Orchestra of Thailand in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, M. Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and Symfonie Orkest de Lier in Belgium, a chamber music concert tour in Indonesia with principal cellist of Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra, a chamber music concert with David Abrahamyan, Ignacio Rodriguez, Jaime Rapado and Sergey Bezrodny at Museo Evaristo Valle in Gijon-Spain, a concert tour with Asia Pacific United Orchestra in Prague, Berlin, Vienna, Helsinki, and Tallinn, a recording with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (new album), Mai-Thai Chamber Orchestra with Dnu Huntrakul and Supatra Indrabhakti Korad, a series of chamber music concerts with the Pro Musica Quartet and an appearance as violin soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the ProMusica Orchestra.

Siripong Albert Tiptan performing at Valentia Chamber Music Festival
Siripong Albert Tiptan

 

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YOUNG ARTISTS

Martha Campbell – Viola

Martha Campbell

Violist Martha Campbell has just completed her Bachelor of Music at the CIT Cork School of Music, where she studied with Simon Aspell. In her third year she studied at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar with Professor Frank Strauch through the Erasmus exchange programme. She has been a prizewinner at both Feis Maitiu Cork and Feis Ceoil Dublin, and has performed in masterclasses with Bruno Giuranna, Nobuko Imai and Nils Mönkemeyer. A keen chamber musician, Martha has enjoyed masterclasses with Hugh Maguire and the Belcea, Carducci and Danel Quartets, as well as taking part in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival Mentoring Programme (2012, 2013) and the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Academos project (2015, 2016, 2018). She is currently the violist of the Doolan Quartet, with whom she will perform at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2018. Orchestral experiences include playing as principal with CIT CSM Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, Ulster Youth Orchestra, and Fishamble Sinfonia, as well as professional work with the Ulster Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Róise Cusack – Voice

Róise Cusack is 15 years old and has lived in Valentia for 8 years. She has just finished her third year in Coláiste Íde, an all-Irish boarding school in Dingle.  She has a huge interest in music, having taken singing lessons with Gavan Ring and Nicola Mulligan Ring from a young age and currently taking lessons with Aidan O’Carroll in Kerry School of Music in Tralee. She has also taken lessons in piano, classical violin, traditional violin and concertina with various teachers including Peter Mullarkey, Emma Bowles and Anna Connolly.  Róise is delighted to be asked to sing at this event.

Brian Stone – Underwater Photographer

Brian Stone – Underwater Photographer

Brian is a keen underwater photographer who has been taking pictures since the emergence of high quality digital cameras. His body of work encompasses images from Ireland, the UK, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and mid Atlantic Ocean.
 
Brian is the organiser of the Irish National Underwater Photography Exhibition, through the CFT Underwater Photography group on Facebook. The exhibition is now in its seventh year and is currently touring Ireland with visits to Galway, Kilmore Quay, Wexford, Waterford, Dublin, Cork and Bangor (for the first time in Northern Ireland). The exhibition is available to groups and individuals who want to promote the underwater environment, recreational diving, science and conservation.
 
Brian is a highly experienced diver and diving instructor, founder of the DCU Sub Aqua Club, currently a member of Dalkey Scubadivers and previously a member of the Curragh Sub Aqua Club. Brian is also one of the authors of CFT’s underwater photography course for divers.  He is a university lecturer in DCU’s School of Computing with a research interest in marine image analysis, particularly relating to sharks. Brian is involved in MESTECH (the Marine & Environmental Sensing Hub) and the Smart Bay project based in Galway Bay.
 
Brian’s photographs have appeared in the Irish Times and his pictures have featured in numerous exhibitions. He has also contributed photographs to the publication “Shipwreck Inventory of Ireland”, author Karl Brady of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government of Ireland.  Brian can be contacted at divelikeastone@gmail.com or through the Facebook group “CFT Underwater Photography”.

Peter MacNamara – Event Manager

Peter MacNamara - Evernt Manager for Valentia Chamber Music Festival
Peter MacNamara – Evernt Manager

Peter resides in Limerick but spends much of each summer on Valentia. He has a keen interest in local activities and has helped run a number of recent events including a cricket tour and an art workshop. In his spare time he helps out as the local event manager for Chamber Music on Valentia.
His hobbies include all things musical plus sailing, writing, performing with the Limerick Choral Union, business mentoring, travel and cooking.
He can be contacted at +353 87 673 7317 or at peter.skillsnet@gmail.com