Summer School For Strings in Connemara


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Dr. Geraldine O’Gradyviolin (D.Mus, FRIAM,1er Prix Paris Conservatoire) Long established as Ireland’s leading solo violinist, Geraldine has been a musical ambassador for Ireland all over the world for many years. Geraldine has performed as soloist with many of the world’s major orchestras, and has toured extensively as a recitalist in Europe, the United States and South America. She was appointed Leader of the Radio Eireann Symphony Orchestra (now the NSO) at the age of 25 directly on her return from Paris, but left a few years later to focus on her solo career. Geraldine has made numerous recordings throughout the years and has been honoured with a doctorate from the National University of Ireland and a Fellowship from the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Still performing regularly, Geraldine performed recently as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra at the NCH in a concert celebrating the Feis Ceoil and in October 2012 she celebrated her 80th birthday with a concert in the NCH with many friends from the music world and family participating.

Odhrán Ó Casaideclassical & traditional violin (GRNCM., PG Dip RNCM, M.A.) Odhran is a Lecturer at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where he teaches violin and runs the Irish Traditional Music programme. Odhran studied violin at the Royal Northern College of Music with Yossi Zivoni and later in Vienna with Franz Samohyl. Equally at home in the classical and traditional genres, Odhran is also a highly accomplished performer on the uileann pipes and is a member of the well- known family group “Na Casaidigh“. With them he has performed all over the world including as soloists with orchestra at many of the major music festivals. A regular performer in Ireland and abroad,  Odhran has had very successful musical collaborations with guitarists Steve Cooney and John Feeney, harpist Laoise O’Brien and singer Sinead O’Connor to name but a few. Further concert tours are planned for 2013.

Oonagh Keoghviolin (AGSM, M.A) Oonagh studied in Paris and Salzburg with Jean Fournier and in London at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama. A multiple prize-winner at home and in Paris, Oonagh has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician over the years. She is a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and has toured internationally both with the orchestra, in a violin duo partnership with Geraldine O’Grady. Oonagh performs regularly with pianist Conor Linehan. and they are planning new projects for the autumn of 2013. She wrote and presented her own series on Lyric fm ‘The Virtuoso Violin’ followed by a follow up project focussing on women violinists throughout history. In 2008 Oonagh founded the ‘Ceol na Mara Summer School for Strings’ and has been its Artistic Director since then. Last year she set up the ‘Ceol na Mara Chamber Orchestr’a which meets once a month in Limerick. It involves young musicians from all over the country and many of the students who have come to the summer school travel to participate.

Annette Clearycello (B.A., K.A., M.M. California) Annette Cleary studied with Paul Tortelier, Elenore Schoenfeld and Andre Navarra in Germany and the U.S. and was the winner of International competitions during her time there. She has performed as soloist with the major orchestras in Ireland and performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician. In May, she plays in a series of recitals in Wicklow in an exciting new project with Cormac Breathnac on tin whistle, which incorporates Irish traditional music with classical and baroque music. This year also sees the launch of a CD featuring Annette of Grainne Mulveys works for cello and electronics and she is currently working on a recording of Irish contemporary cello works. Annette teaches cello at the RIAM and gives masterclasses in Italy as well as featuring regularly as a speaker at music conferences both at home and abroad.

Anita Vedres  – violin (B.Mus.) Anita Vedres was born into a musical family. She studied violin at the Royal Academy in London and following that at the Musik Conservatorium in Utrecht. Also following studies with Maya Homburger on baroque violin she completed a masters degree with first class honours through Cork school of Music. She is a founder member of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and a former member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra with which she still
performs from time to time. She enjoys a widely varied and eclectic freelance career as a violinist exploring repertoire from the early 17th century to freshly composed works in chamber ensembles such as the Crash ensemble and Camerata Kilkenny and larger orchestras such as the RTE concert and symphony orchestras. She also loves to play opera and has worked with Opera Theatre Company and Wexford Opera Festival and has been co leader of the Wexford Festival Orchestra for the past 9 years.
She is also committed to working with young musicians both on a one to one in her teaching practice and in groups such as the Dublin Youth Orchestras and most recently with musicians and young composers on a new Music Generation project in Carlow.
She has been a tutor now at Ceol na Mara for the past 2 years and is thoroughly hooked thanks to its unique atmosphere and energy together with the extraordinary beauty of its setting.

Diane Daly violin (LRAM, M.A) Diane Daly is one of Irelands most versatile violinists. A graduate of the Royal Northern College in Manchester she also holds a Masters in Classical String Performance. For many years she has been a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and has also been principal with all Ireland’s major orchestras and toured worldwide with the EU Chamber Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. She is a founding member of the Irish Improvisation Orchestra, artistic director of the Feile Eile children’s arts festival, a member of soul band Hunka Burning Love, and featured soloist with the Lola Montez cabaret.
She is also in demand as teacher, community musician and animateur. She has been running the Irish Chamber Orchestra’a annual Music Factory Summer camp for many years, which takes place in the World Music centre in UL. Diane has developed an innovative music programme for children that increases the effectiveness and fun of learning an instrument. The concept takes young children from the first musical steps of pre-instrumental Music and Drama sessions on to Beginner Strings, and then Next Step strings, as well as learning to play together.

Boris Hunkapercussion (GGSM, M.Mus) Boris is currently the music co ordinator for Music generation Limerick, the project that helps children and young people access music in their own locality. He has enjoyed a varied career as musician, producer, administrator and teacher for many years. A Vibraphonist and multi-instrumentalist he has performed in clubs, concert halls, theatres and festivals throughout the UK and Europe. He is Musical director of Hunka Burning Love ,and the Irish Improvisation Orchestra. A trained animateur, Boris regularly conducts workshops for primary, secondary and third level classes, community groups and festivals in drumming, world music, improvisation and related areas.

He runs regular rock sessions for teenagers and recently held the first rock camp at Dolan’s Warehouse.Boris studied Community Music at the University of York and since graduating he has kept music education and community music at the core of his activities. Whilst in London Boris ran the Circus Stylus and Live Stylus club nights in Camden and Maida Vale and worked with artists including Courtney Pine, Omar and Incognito at events including the Barbados Jazz, theSouth Bank and the Larmer Tree festivals. He currently promotes the Feile Eile Children’s festival and a range of one-off shows and concerts. He provides performance and production support to the Feile Brian Boru. Boris writes and performs many interactive live music and storytelling shows for children..



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