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.

Gerald Peregrine – cello   Gerald Peregrine is an Irish cellist, who has established a career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral performer.

Born in Dublin to a large musical family, he studied at the RIAM and DIT, before commencing his studies in London aged 14, with William Pleeth. He subsequently trained with Steven Doane at the RCM and at Indiana university as a Fulbright scholar, with Janos Starker and Emilio Colon.

Gerald regularly performs as a chamber musician with Ensemble Avalon, Trio Festivale and Camerata Ireland, under the direction of Barry Douglas. He has performed as a chamber musician in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall, NCPA Beijing, Lincoln centre, Cadogan hall (BBC proms), Theatre de Champs Elysées among others.

As a chamber musician, Gerald has collaborated with many well-known artists and has taught as a guest professor at Beijing Conservatory, Memphis University, RIAM, CIT and Trinity College, where Ensemble Avalon held the position of ensemble in residence.

Gerald is extremely active as a music educator, as co-founder of educational company, Mobile Music Machine, he delivers tailor made workshops to over 25,000 disadvantaged children across Ireland on a regular basis.

In 2018, he was invited to perform as a soloist for Pope Francis in Croke Park stadium for a live TV broadcast. He also performed for the Queen on her historic State visit to Ireland.

Gerald has recently released his international solo debut recording on the Naxos label in May 2019. “Folk Tales” is a collection of Irish and British composers from the early 20th century. It recently entered the UK classical charts at no 25. 

Lisa Grosman – viola  Lisa recently returned to live in Australia after nearly 15 years as a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Lisa has now been appointed to the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University, as part of a new initiative by the String Faculty to nurture and encourage the study of viola.

Lisa began learning Suzuki Method violin at the age of five. She later studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and the Australian Institute of Music. Lisa was the Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra, but then while attending a programme at the Australian National Academy of Music, she met Esther van Stralen (Principal Viola, SSO) and Irina Morozova (Goldner Quartet), and became fascinated with the viola. 

This led to masterclasses at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Professor Bruno Giuranna, and after receiving a scholarship to join his class at the University of Limerick, Lisa travelled to Ireland, completing a Master of Arts in Classical String Performance. She continued her studies with Professor Giuranna for a further two years in the Corso di Perfezionamente in Cremona, Italy at the Accademia Walther Stauffer.

For four years, Lisa was the Director of Strings for the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Education and Outreach Project, “Sing Out with Strings” in inner city Limerick, teaching over 300 children in an El Sistema inspired programme where music is used to promote social change in disadvantaged communities.

Since her return to Australia, Lisa has taught at the University of Queensland, and been Guest Principal Viola of the Australian Opera, Ballet Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Darwin Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to this she has performed with the Australian World Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.

She has given masterclasses for the Australian World Orchestra, AUSTA Victoria, and the Jakarta International Summer Music Festival. Lisa teaches violin and viola at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, where she is also the Director of the Senior String Ensemble. She is also a regular guest teacher at Suzuki workshops throughout New South Wales and Victoria.

Anita Vedres – violin  Anita Vedres was born into one of Ireland’s most musical families. After winning most of the major Irish competitions she received an Arts council bursary to study the violin at the Royal Academy in London with Howard Davis 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 the 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 regularly.  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 Camerata Kilkenny, Robinson panoramic quartet, Crash ensemble and larger orchestras such as the RTE concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. She also loves to play opera and is enjoying working with Irish National Opera in its collaborations with many of the aforementioned groups and has enjoyed many years of involvement in Wexford Opera Festival.

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 in outreach work for Music Generation. She is looking forward to returning to Ceol na Mara this year and partaking of its unique energy and breath-taking setting.

Malachy Robinson – double bass  Malachy is a dedicated chamber musician, as passionate about Early Music as he is about New Music. He is a founder of the Gregory Walkers, a group performing “Early Music from Ireland and beyond” in which he plays the viola da gamba, and is director of the Robinson Panoramic Quartet, a revelatory alternative to the standard string quartet. Principal double-bass with the Irish Chamber Orchestra since 1995, he is also a founder member of the cutting-edge Crash Ensemble as well as appearing with period-instrument orchestras such as The Sixteen, the English Concert, the OAE and the Academy of Ancient Music. He was a founder member of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and of the quintet Lunfardia led by Argentinean guitarist Ariel Hernandez, which received four-star reviews from the press for their recordings. He has performed with the Vanbrugh, Navarra, Callino, Parisii, T’ang, Con Tempo and Vogler String Quartets, the Phoenix Piano Trio, Daghda Dance Company, the Brian Byrne Big Band, and theatrical diva Camille O’Sullivan.

Solo double-bass performances have included many Irish premieres, including Serbian composer Zoran Eric’s concerto “Off” which he performed eight times on tour with the ICO.

Studying double-bass in London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama (where his second study was conducting) he graduated at the top of his year with first-class honours and the Dove Memorial Prize for General Excellence. After which he completed a Masters Degree in Historical Musicology at the University of London.

Compositions include ‘String’ performed by Crash Ensemble 2001; Where Art Thou, Muse? performed by Deirdre Moynihan and the Dublin Viols 2010; Hallow’d Ground performed by the Eidola Trio 2014; Shark recorded by Crash Ensemble 2017; Dream of the Green Men performed by the Irish Chamber Orchestra 2018; and For I Shall Consider My Cat Jeoffry performed by the Dublin Viols 2019. He written countless other songs.