Mary Dullea – Artistic Director and Piano
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.
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.
Fishamble 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.
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
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
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
Mike Kelley – Viola
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.
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
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.”
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.”
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.
Darragh Morgan – Violin
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.
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.
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.
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.
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – Fiddle
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.
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
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.
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.
Siripong Albert Tiptan – Violin
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.
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.
Other artists performing are:
Amir Tafreshipour – Composer
Peter MacNamara – Event 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 firstname.lastname@example.org