Ronan Dunne

Double bass

Ronan Dunne began his musical training as a chorister with the Palestrina choir in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral. He then took up the double bass and aged eighteen, went on to study in London and later, in Vienna.       

He spent a couple of wonderful years touring Ireland as a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra before becoming a member of the BBC Philharmonic, where he has played since 2002 and was appointed principal bass in 2015. 

As well as enjoying touring to Europe and the far east, he is hugely enthusiastic about the      

wide variety of repertoire the orchestra performs and records each season.

As a guest principal bass, he plays regularly with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Philharmonia orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, The Hallé, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Opera North.        

As a chamber musician, he has enjoyed many interesting collaborations, including regular concerts with ensemble 360 as well as such quartets as the Voglers and the Callinas.

Ronan is passionate about teaching and bringing on the next generation of young bass players. He teaches, tutors and takes classes at the Royal Northern College of Music and has given masterclasses around Europe and most recently in China