Irish pianist Mary Dullea has built an international profile as soloist and chamber musician, appearing at major concert halls and festivals. She broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3 and RTÉ Lyric FM and appears on CDs for NMC, Delphian, Altarus, Divine Art, Convivium and MN Records. Concerto appearances include RTÉ Concert Orchestra, KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and a BBC commission.
Mary is the pianist in The Fidelio Trio and next season they will undertake major tours of Asia and the USA as well as a CD release on Resonus Classics of Ravel and Saint-Saëns trios. She collaborates regularly with a range of international performers and composers.
Mary is curator of ‘Soundings’ in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum, London and Director of Performance at Royal Holloway University of London.
She is Artistic Director of ‘Chamber Music on Valentia’ held annually in August.
One of Britain’s most exciting oboists, Janey is committed to developing the oboe repertoire, and has been involved in commissioning and performing over 80 new works, founding the duo New Noise with percussionist Joby Burgess in 1999.
Janey has given recital and concerto performances throughout the UK and Europe and regularly features on BBC Radio 3. Janey’s current release is Frozen River Flows on the Oboe Classics label.
Janey works regularly as a session musician and can be heard on numerous TV and film scores, including Les Miserables, Alice through the Looking Glass, Interstellar, The Hobbit and Dr Who.
As an orchestral player, Janey is the oboist with the Heritage Orchestra and has guested with orchestras including the RLPO, Britten Sinfonia, BBC NOW, RPO and Camerata Ireland. Chamber work includes Elision, Lontano, ECAT and 10:10.
Janey teaches at Junior TCM and is a Senior Lecturer at LCoM. She lectures teaching skills at the GSMD and is a regular festival adjudicator.
Currently Violinist with The Fidelio Trio, Darragh Morgan has emerged as one of Ireland’s leading musicians, having achieved international recognition as both soloist and chamber musician. Morgan studied with Detlef Hahn at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in masterclass with Yehudi Menuhin, Paul Zukofsky, Pinchas Zukerman, as well as in chamber music with the Amadeus and Takacs String Quartets.
Darragh Morgan has performed extensively throughout Europe, USA and Asia. He has frequently appeared at major international festivals in many of the world’s most prestigious halls. As a chamber musician, Darragh has collaborated with artists such as Thomas Ades, Emmanuel Pahud, Joanna MacGregor, Nicholas Daniel, and John Tilbury. He has performed concertos with orchestras including Istanbul Symphony, Cyprus Chamber Orchestra, KZN Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Ulster Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra and Kolner Kammerorchester.
As a highly active and renowned interpreter of contemporary music, Darragh Morgan has worked with and premiered the music of many of the most important composers of our time, including Arvo Part, John Tavener, Gavin Bryars, Howard Skempton, Michael Nyman, Gerald Barry and Michael Finnissy. He has led Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Musik Fabrik, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Darragh was violinist with the acclaimed Smith Quartet from 2005-2011 and previously Artistic Director of Barqoue 2000 in South Africa. He teaches violin at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has given masterclasses at Curtis Institute, Peabody Conservatory and many other major institutions around the world.
Darragh Morgan has recorded over 50 albums for Naxos, NMC, Metier, Delphian and Signum. He plays a fine 19th Century Italian violin made by Domenico Corbucci and an Irish violin made by Thomas Perry in 1768.
Equally at home in the classical and contemporary repertoire, Irish soprano Sylvia O’Brien has impressed audiences in opera, oratorio and chamber music. Her operatic roles include the Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Konstanze (Die Entfuhrung) Jenufa (Jenufa) and Turandot (title role). Her vocal and musical skills make her an important singer of contemporary repertoire, having performed works by Tristan Keuris, Gerald Barry, Louis Andriessen, Brian Irvine, Morton Feldman, Manos Tsangaris, Seóirse Bodley, Ian Wilson, Kevin O’Connell, Reymond Deane, Kaaija Saariaho, and Luigi Nono. In 2002, she was resident performer at the Malkovich International Composers Competition and since has performed in many contemporary series, festivals and with many leading contemporary ensembles. She has performed the one act opera Neither by Morton Feldman with the Helsinki Philhamonic conducted by Dmitry Slobodeniuk and with the National Symphony of Ireland premiere under conductor Stefan Asbury. In September 2008 she premiered a new work by Joseph Phibbs Silence at the Song’s End for soprano and string quartet, at the Jubilee Hall Aldeburgh. She has performed and recorded the role of Gabriel in the Naxos recording of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant by Gerald Barry. She has sung Lewis Carroll Poems by Matan Porat with the Nieuw European Ensemble in the Netherlands. In 2013, she performed the Irish premiere of Here (in circles) by Michel van der Aa with the Crash Ensemble conducted by Alan Pierson and in 2014 as part of the New Music Dublin Festival she sang Claude Vivier’s Lonely Child with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland conducted by Nicolas Cleobury., She has collaborated with a number of irish composers including Colin Mawby, Seoirse Bodley, Raymond Deane, Siobhan Cleary, most notably the Irish composer Seóirse Bodley, with whom she has performed on many occasions. Her passion and commitment to new music has led her to investigate the world of Irish Contemporary Song and subsequent to her recent residency at the Contemporary Music Centre, Sylvia spent her time exploring the library collection of contemporary Irish vocal music. She is currently touring with her recital ‘A Contemporary Voice’, an adventurous exploration of the rich tapas of contemporary Irish vocal repertoire. Sylvia is co-founder of EVLANA, an ensemble devoted to playing not only contemporary works but also work from the classical repertoire. She is presently pursuing a Doctorate in Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music focusing on Irish vocal music.
Rose studied at the Royal Northern College and Royal Academy of Music where her
teachers included Vicci Wardman, John White and Christopher Rowland for chamber music and where she was awarded all of the prizes for viola . She currently performs regularly with The Kings Consort, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Musica Saeculorum in Italy, Music Theatre Wales, Scottish Ensemble, Adderbury Ensemble and Psappha. She also often plays as principal viola at the Summer Endellion Festival. Rose is a member of the newly formed Incus Trio and of the Milbrook Ensemble.
As a member of the Coull Quartet 2010-2014 she undertook a busy schedule of concerts and recordings alongside a full time residency at Warwick University.
A committed teacher, Rose teaches at Birmingham Conservatoire and privately and has recently given classes, judged the viola prize and been external examiner at the Royal Academy of Music.
Winner of the Muriel Taylor Cello Prize and the Making Music Award for Young Concert Artists, Adi Tal has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Teatro Colón, Mozarteum Grosser Saal, Festspielhaus Salzburg, KKL Luzern, Philharmonie de Paris, and the Louvre Auditorium. Her solo and chamber music performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Singaporean Radio, and she has recorded for Naxos, Meridian Records and Resonus Classics.
She is a member of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, and frequently performs with Cappella Andrea Barca, directed by Andras Schiff.
She has collaborated with such artists as Steven Isserlis, Daniel Barenboim, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yuja Wang, Miriam Fried, and members of the Cleveland Quartet. She has performed at the Perlman Music Program, Ravinia Festival, Verbier Academy, Banff Music Festival, and Open Chamber Music IMS Prussia Cove, and won awards from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Raphael Sommer Music Scholarship Trust.
Adi plays on a cello made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in Parma dated 1765, generously on loan from a private collection.
Rhona Clarke was born in Dublin. She studied music at University College, Dublin, and completed a Ph.D. at Queen’s University, Belfast. She is a lecturer in music at St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University. Her output includes choral, chamber, orchestral and electronic works. She has received commissions from RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the Cork International Choral Festival, Concorde, Music Network and the National Concert Hall, among others. Her work has been performed and broadcast throughout Ireland and worldwide.
SHIFT for orchestra, a work commissioned by RTÉ and performed by the RTÉNSO conducted by Gavin Maloney, was selected to represent Ireland in the 2014 International Rostrum of Composers. Since 2009 she has been collaborating with visual artist Marie Hanlon, including short experimental films with music, live music with visual projections and joint exhibitions. Her chamber music includes three works for piano trio, which have been performed by Concorde, the Fidelio Trio and the Vienna Mozart Trio.
Singer, accordionist and storyteller, Séamus comes from the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) of Dingle, in Co. Kerry where he grew up speaking Irish and English fluently. Seamus is a member of the famous musical family from Baile na bPoc, Ballydavid and he has been both singing and playing from an early age. At 14 he started playing accordion at local dances. In 1972 he recorded his first album, An Ciarraíoch Mallaithe with his sister Máire. They made a second album, Planxtaí Bhaile na bPoc, for Gael Linn in 1989, with Seamus on accordion, Máire on piano and piano-accordion, both singing, and introducing the famous Australian guitarist Steve Cooney.
Well known for his work with Steve, the duo played polkas and slides from the West Kerry Tradition, creating a legend in Irish music. Meitheal (an Irish term for coming together to do a job), which was released in 1996 throws together Séamus, a very traditional accordion player, with Steve, a rambler and ex-rock guitarist from Australia resulting in a brilliant fusion of energy and tradition, with neither being compromised by the other. Most of the tracks are traditional dance tunes, featuring fast and furious polkas (‘polcas’) and slides native to the Kerry region and the last set is a live one from a dancing session in a Kerry pub. Séamus also sings a number of songs in Irish, in a traditional, unpretentious style.
Following on from the outstanding Begley and Cooney release, Séamus’s most recent CD Ragairne (Revelling at Night), recorded with guitarist Jim Murray, was voted 2001 ‘Traditional Album of the Year’ in both Hot Press and The Irish Times. One review says, “If it’s a shot in the arm you’re after, Begley and Murray are the men to call on. …. Begley seems to have successfully married all the wilderness of West Kerry with a sublime talent for the feather light touch, when required.” Mary Black has also participated on this album where she sings a duet with Séamus called An Ciarraíoch Mallaithe.
Séamus has successfully toured Australia many times with Jim Murray. More recently Séamus has joined up with guitarist Jon Sanders for various gigs in Ireland and England as well as a very well received tour of New Zealand. He also has played many gigs with the English guitar player Tim Edey.
As a composer and performer, Ryan’s work has been performed to international audiences on four continents for over ten years. He has recorded as accompanist on over a dozen albums and his repertoire spans numerous genres from traditional Irish music to contemporary classical music. Ryan’s compositional work has won several prizes and has been broadcast both nationally and internationally on BBC Radio 3, Radio Ulster, RTÉ Lyric FM, Radio 1 and Ráidió na Gaeltachta as well as on BBC 2, UTV and BBC World. Ryan’s compositional work was recently supported by a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship and he is currently a lecturer in composition at Maynooth University. Innisfail, a CD of Ryan’s solo piano works, was released in 2016 by award-winning American pianist Alexander Bernstein.