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, Belfast International Chamber Music Festival, Brighton, Huddersfield, Corsham, Aldeburgh, Fuse Leeds and Sound Scotland as well as Belfast Festival at Queens, West Cork Music, Reggello International Festival, Lodi Festival (Italy), TRANSIT Festival (Leuven) and National Arts Festival (South Africa). Her frequent broadcasts include BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, RTHK, RTE Lyric FM, WNYC, Radio New Zealand and Sky Arts, Irish, French, Austrian and Italian television. She was the Irish representative at EU 12 and 15 Piano Extravaganza Concerts in Salle Pleyel Paris, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels and in Luxembourg. Concerto appearances include RTE Concert Orchestra, KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC commissioned and broadcast piano concerto by Rob Keeley with Lontano.
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. She has commissioned and premiered works from composers as varied as Michael Finnissy, Johannes Maria Staud, Michael Nyman, Donnacha Dennehy and Gerald Barry’ notably with her piano trio, The Fidelio Trio and with violinist, Darragh Morgan. Her CD releases include on labels NMC, Delphian Records, Altarus, Col Legno, MNR, Naxos, Convivium, Lorelt and Divine Art.
Since 2008 Mary has been the curator of Soundings (an annual UK/Austrian collaborative festival) at the Austrian Cultural Forum London. With The Fidelio Trio she tours internationally with recent appearances in India and a third USA tour coming up in November. In February 2015 she served on the jury of ‘Schubert und die Musik der Moderne’ International Chamber Music Competition in Graz, Austria.
Mary studied at The Royal College of Music, London on the Edith Best Scholarship with Yonty Solomon. She holds a MMus in Contemporary Music Studies from Goldsmiths University of London and a PhD in Performance from The University of Ulster.
From September 2015 Mary will be the Director of Performance at Royal Holloway, University of London. show less
Linda Buckley (b.1979) is a composer from the Old Head of Kinsale currently based in Dublin. Her music has been described as “exquisite” (Gramophone) “strange and beautiful” (Boston Globe), “glacially majestic” (RTÉ Ten) with “an exciting body of work that marks her out as a leading figure in the younger generation of Irish composers working in the medium” (Journal of Music).
Her work has been performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Sinfoniker Orchestra, Fidelio Trio, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Trio Scordatura and at international festivals including Bang on a Can at MassMoCA, Gaudeamus Music Week Amsterdam and Seoul International Computer Music Festival.
She studied Music at University College Cork and Music and Media Technologies at Trinity College Dublin. She holds a Ph.D in Composition from Trinity College, where she also lectures, and was RTÉ lyric fm Composer in Residence 2011/13. Recent performances include Beloved on the Earth composed for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra with RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, Fiol performed by the Hebrides Ensemble at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and a song cycle for the Vanbrugh String Quartet with Iarla O’ Lionáird.
Dublin born William Dowdall, one of Ireland’s leading musicians, combines a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher.
He trained in Cleveland, Ohio, where his teachers included Maurice Sharp of the Cleveland Orchestra, and his interest in new music was sparked by Donald Erb, composer in residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music. On returning to Ireland at the age of 21 he was appointed principal flute of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. From 1979 to 2004 he was principal flute of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. He was appointed professor of flute at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2004.
He has given over 50 solo performances with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and Irish Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared at all the major festivals in Ireland..
He has been a member of the Daedalus Wind Quintet, Ulysses Ensemble, and the Ulysses Wind Quintet which was a prize-winner in the Colmar International Chamber Music Competition in 1980. As a chamber musician he has also guested with the RTÉ Vanbrugh and Parisii string quartets
Solo performances abroad have taken him around Europe, and to the USA, China, and New Zealand, and Australia. His work has been broadcast extensively by the Irish public service broadcaster, RTÉ, and he has also broadcast on BBC radio and television, Australian Television, and Shanghai Radio.
In addition to a wide ranging repertoire, his interest in contemporary music led him to develop a workshop based on contemporary solo flute music by Irish composers, which has been presented in Europe, United States, New Zealand, and Australia to considerable acclaim. He has introduced Irish audiences to new works from the international repertoire, and has actively promoted the music of Irish composers abroad. Many Irish composers have written works for him and he premiered a new work by John Buckley for flute and orchestra with the RTÉ NSO and toured with it around Ireland in 2006 and performed it again with the NSO in January 2009.
In the last 2 years alone he has given 8 world premieres of works by Irish composers and has espoused the flute music of composers such as Bernstein, Boulez, Takemitsu, Henze, Varèse, and Maxwell Davies in Ireland. He recently gave the Irish premiere of Takemitsu’s “I Can Hear the Water Dreaming” with the RTÉ NSO.
As a solo artist he has made critically-acclaimed recordings for Goasco, Naxos, Marco Polo, Black Box, and Celestial Harmonies labels and is currently involved in a project with Atoll Records to record Irish and New Zealand works for solo flute and flute and electronics.
He plays on a platinum flute by Brannen, a wooden flute by Abell, a Louis Lot dated 1891 and an alto flute by Eva Kingma. show less
Nancy Johnson is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she completed her Masters degree, and the Manchester University/Royal Northern College of Music joint course. Her teachers include Hilary Hart, Susie Meszaros and Toby Appel and she he has performed in masterclasses with Itzhak Perlman, Thomas Riebl and Diemut Poppen.
Whilst in New York, Nancy performed as a chamber musician at Alice Tully Hall and also at Carnegie Weill Hall as violist of the Degas String Quartet with whom she wasÂ the graduate resident Quartet at Syracuse University, NY.Â After moving to London, Nancy became a member of the Tavec Quartet, attending the European Academy for String Quartets in Aix-en-Provence and performing at the Wigmore Hall. Nancy has also attended Prussia Cove, The Salzburg Sommer Akademie and the Sarasota Music Festival.
Nancy has freelanced in London for many years and is now based in Cardiff. As an orchestral musician, she performs primarily with the London Symphony Orchestra and regularly with many other orchestras and chamber ensembles including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharomonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Welsh National Opera. She is a member of Triocca, the Ireland-based flute, viola and harp ensemble. Triocca have performed and given workshops and masterclasses internationally and have appeared on television and radio. They have released a CD on the Lyric FM label which includes specially commissioned works.
Nancy teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She is also a keen swing dancer! show less
Vyvienne Long released her critically acclaimed debut album Caterpillar Sarabande in 2010. Her beautifully disarming and intensely personal songs have been in demand for soundtracks in Ireland and internationally since, including Kirsten Sheridan’s “Dollhouse”, the Icelandic documentary “The Future Of Hope” and RTE’s drama series “RAW”. Admired as a compelling vocalist and songwriter of incisive wit, critics have drawn comparisons with Björk, Tori Amos and Joanna Newsome.
In 2013 Vyvienne followed up with the release of her second album Vyvienne Long Live with the Balanescu Quartet (an all-strings band) and an EP of Beatles covers to mark the 50th anniversary of their first and only concert in Dublin.
‘Vyvienne Long is a boldly inventive creator of silken riches and her first live album strikes a pose, with staccato drama. Her cello insinuates itself across the Balanescu’s filligree of sound, with percussive plucking and bowing, whorls of layered sound. Do not miss the charm, excitement and canny pop instincts of Vyvienne Long.’ Paddy Kehoe RTE Ten Album Review 2014 .
‘Long’s sprightly harmonies and incandescent cello work are beyond beautiful’ Johnny Keegan Hot Press April 2014 22.
‘Vyvienne Long has been known for some time as a boundlessly talented cellist and arranger … here she displays all her talent, confidence and humour to fabulous effect’ Ian Melaney, State.
‘Her music is extravagantly baroque, as if fished from the subconscious of Tim Burton or Edward Gorey.’ Independent.ie
Irish violinist Darragh Morgan has a hugely diverse career. Concerto highlights include working closely with Arvo Part, performing his Tabula Rasa at the RTE Living Music Festival, followed by over 20 performances with London Musici/Rambert Dance Company. Regular solo appearances with the Ulster Orchestra include the world premiere of Sir John Tavener’s Hymn of Dawn which he also performed with the Istanbul Symphony Orchestra, Dallapiccola’s Tartiniana Seconda, world premiere of Bill Campbell’s Swim for Violin & Orchestra, live on BBC Radio 3 from Sonorities Festival and Samuel Barber’s violin concerto which Darragh also gave the South African premiere of with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. He has recorded Donnacha Dennehy’s Elastic Harmonic with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, with whom he has also premiered Brian Irvine’s A Mon Seul Desir. Other concerto appearances include Koln Kammer Orchester, Camerata Tinta Barocca Cape Town and Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. .
As a chamber musician and soloist Darragh has performed at International Festivals including Warsaw Autumn, Wien Modern, Ars Musica Brussels, Maerz Musik Berlin, Festival d’Automne Paris, Klangspuren Schwaz, Osterfestival Tirol, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Lucerne Festival, National Arts Festival South Africa, BBC Proms Chamber Music, Aldeburgh, Spitalfields, Cheltenham, Brighton, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, ICMC, Ether Festival, City of London Festival and St Magnus International Festival. He is violinist and founding member of the Fidelio Trio with whom he has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Symphony Space New York, Casa da Musica Porto, Johannesburg Musical Society. They are currently Artists in Residence at St Patricks College, Dublin. Previously as violinist with The Smith Quartet Darragh performed and recorded with as diverse artists as Philip Glass, Louis Andriessen, Gavin Bryars and Steve Reich. They appeared internationally at Seoul Arts Centre, Bang on a Can Marathon New York, The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. Darragh has recorded over 50 CDs for labels including Mode, NMC, Black Box, Altarus, Naxos, Nimbus, Signum and Delphian. He broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 3, NPR, CBC, WQXR, RTE and WDR. He is currently professor of violin at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Course Director of Pro Corda Violin Course and has appeared as mentor on the RTE series Classic Jam, working with a young string quartet and also as mentor to Katie Derham in the Sky Arts production, First Love. show less
Dublin-born Miriam Roycroft studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Ralph Kirshbaum and Don McCall where she was awarded numerous prizes for cello and chamber music. Upon graduation she won the Muriel Taylor Cello Competition in London and the Worthing Young Musician Concerto Prize which led to many appearances as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Britain. She was a founder member of the Music Group of Manchester and the Janacek Piano Trio. Further studies included a period in Banff, Canada, at the renowned Banff Centre for the Arts with Aldo Parisot.
Miriam has performed as soloist with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland many times and has played most of the major concerti for cello with orchestras throughout the UK and Ireland. She has been a guest leader of the cello sections of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Sinfonia ViVa, the Northern Chamber Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia. She has also guest co-lead the cello sections of the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Miriam is principal cello of Camerata Ireland with whom she has toured America, South America, China and throughout Europe. Having been a member of the Orchestra of Opera North in Leeds for many years, in September 2006 Miriam joined the String Faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and in 2012 she was made Head of the String Faculty at the RIAM..
She has performed at the Manchester Mid-Day Concert Series, ‘Music in Great Irish Houses Festival’ with the American cellist, Steven Doane and in March 2010, she performed with her duo partner Réamonn Keary at the National Gallery of Ireland as part of the ‘Chopin 200’ bi-centenary celebration concert series. Film work has included ‘In America’, (featured artist) and ‘the Blue Tower’.
In February 2013 Miriam undertook a six-concert tour of Ireland with Réamonn Keary featuring the Cello Sonatas of Britten and Charles Alkan, both of whom had important centenaries and bi-centenaries during 2013. They have also premiered a new composition written by Nigel Morgan. Recent performances have included recitals, masterclasses and concerti at Festivals and Concert Halls in Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery, Trinity Chapel, St. Barrahane’s Church Festival of Music, Castletownshend, UL, Derry, Belfast, CIT Cork and throughout the UK.
In June of 2014, Miriam played with John O’Conor and Michael d’Arcy at the National Concert Hall as part of the RIAM’s ‘Beethoven Project’. Miriam is in frequent demand as guest leader of the Northern Chamber Orchestra in Manchester and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and she was invited onto the faculty at the Apple Hill Summer Chamber Music Series in New Hampshire, USA, in July 2015. show less
Miriam plays on a modern American cello by Grubaugh and Seifert which she commissioned in 2004.