19 year old Irish violinist Mairéad Hickey has been acclaimed as a ‘violin sensation’ (IRISH EXAMINER). Irish National Concert Hall Young Musician of the Year 2010-12, Mairéad has recently been awarded the Fr. Frank Maher Scholarship, the Belfast Clandeboye Festival Flax Trust Bursary and the Bank of Ireland Catherine Judge Memorial Award. Internationally, she has won the Jeunesses Musicales Violin Competition in Romania 2012 and the Antonio Salieri Prize in Italy 2010.
Mairéad started playing the violin aged 3 with Jyrki Pietila. From 2003 to 2014 she studied with Adrian Petcu at the CIT Cork School of Music and spent 2011-12 at the Conservatoire de Nantes, France with Constantin Serban. She is now studying with world renowned violinist Mihaela Martin as a Young Soloist at Kronberg Academy, sponsored by the Hilmar Kopper-Stipendium. Mairéad has also taken masterclasses with such prestigious musicians as Zakhar Bron, Mauricio Fuks, Ivry Gitlis and Stephen Isserlis. Her studies at Kronberg are sponsored by the Ustinov Foundation.
An enthusiastic chamber musician, Mairéad’s love of chamber music emerged at a very young age. She was leader of the Cairde String Quartet from the age of 10 with whom she performed nationally and internationally for 8 years. Mairéad has participated numerous times in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, the West Cork Comes to Dublin concert series and the Westport Chamber Music Festival.
Mairéad performs regularly throughout Ireland and has recorded violin concertos with both the RTÉ National Concert and Symphony Orchestras. She also enjoys performing as a soloist with the City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra, the City of Cork Symphony Orchestra and Camerata Ireland. Her recent solo performance in Carnegie Hall, New York, with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta was described as ‘…magical, penetrating to the heart and soul of the music.’ (NEW YORK EPOCH TIMES) Mairéad also plays traditional Irish music and is the winner of eight All Ireland fiddle titles. Her instructional app ‘Irish Fiddler’ is available on iTunes. She has played both classical and traditional music for the former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese. Mairéad currently plays a 1702 Tononi violin, kindly on loan to her by J & A Beare, London. Mairéad is supported by the Arts Council and the Music Network Music Capital Scheme, funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
21-year-old Irish cellist Sinéad O’Halloran has been hailed as ‘..reminiscent of Jacqueline du Pré..’ (IRISH EXAMINER). She began her musical studies at the age of 6 at the CIT Cork School of Music under the guidance of Joan Scannell and Christopher Marwood. At the age of 18 she was offered an Artistic Merit Scholarship to pursue a postgraduate Performer’s Diploma at SMU Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas in the classes of renowned cellists Andres Diaz and Christopher Adkins. She is currently a student of Gregor Horsch (Principal cellist – Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) at the Robert Schumann Hochschule für Musik, Düsseldorf.
Sinéad’s passion for chamber music began at an early age, and her inspiration was sparked by the many summers spent at ConCorda and the Xenia Ensemble’s International Course for Young String Players in Pra Catinat, Italy. An avid chamber musician, Sinéad has performed at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. She has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions, both in Ireland and the US.
Sinéad began her orchestral training at the age of 8 and since then has acted as Principal Cellist of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, the CITCSM Symphony Orchestra and Meadows Symphony Orchestra (Dallas). She is currently a full member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, with whom she has toured Europe, Iceland and the United Arab Emirates. Sinéad was recently named to the roster of substitute musicians with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and has performed with Spira Mirabilis and the Dallas Pops Orchestra on numerous occasions.
Recent international festival appearances include International Musician’s Seminar Prussia Cove (Cornwall, UK), Banff Summer Arts Festival (Alberta, Canada), Euro Music Festival (Halle, Germany) and Clandeboye Music Festival (Northern Ireland).
Sinéad is kindly supported by the Arts Council and the Music Network Music Capital Scheme, funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Dublin-born Siobhán Doyle began learning the violin at the age of four with Emma Montenon. After continuing with Maeve Broderick and Gillian Williams, she received a full scholarship to study with Leland Chen at the Royal Northern College of Music where she recently graduated with first class honours and was awarded the Roger Raphael Prize.
She has performed concertos with orchestras in Ireland and the UK and received masterclasses from some of the world’s most foremost violinists including Midori, Pavel Vernikov and Graf Mourja. Following a solo performance at the NCH, Siobhán was personally invited to give a concert for President McAleese and distinguished guests at the Áras an Uachtaráin. In 2010, Siobhan was awarded the ‘Alan Gillespie Ulster Bank Award’ for most promising young artist at the Clandeboye Festival and has since been invited back several times, performing chamber music with the International Artists including Andres Diaz, Erica Raum and Michel Lethiec.
Siobhán discovered her love of playing with others at an early age in many orchestras and ensembles, most notably from her time spent as leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland from 2009-2011. Chamber music took on a great importance during her time at the RNCM and was cultivated at many international festivals in Ireland, the UK and Sweden. As leader of the Ruzena Quartet, Siobhán had considerable success including a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and winning the Nossek Prize and John Barbirolli/Lawrence Turner Memorial Award. Also a member of the Benz String Quartet, further accolades include the Chamber Music Prize and the Hazel de Courcy Lewis Cup at the ESB Feis Ceoil and performances at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.
Currently a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, Siobhán was chosen to represent the orchestra on a Global Exchange programme to the Sphinx Organisation in Detroit. She has also worked with Manchester Camerata, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, the Ulster Orchestra and Camerata Ireland.
Martin Moriarty has studied with Ronald Masin and Simon Aspell. He is currently in the second year of his Bachelor of Music Performance degree at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam studying with Nobuko Imai and Marjolein Dispa.
Martin is former Principal viola of some of Ireland’s finest young ensembles including the YES Chamber Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland as well as deputy work all over Ireland. He is currently Principal Viola of the CvA String Orchestra and has performed with European Union Youth Orchestra. Martin has toured around Europe, the UAE and the US with various ensembles.
A keen Chamber Musician, He is the violist and co-founder of the Arioso Quartet. Martin is a very active chamber musician across Ireland and the Netherlands.
Martin is a prize winner of multiple awards in competitions and bursaries throughout the country. At the Feis Ceoil, Martin has won all the Viola and Chamber music competitions as well as the Contemporary Irish Music Cup and the Hazel de Courcy Lewis Cup.
Martin has performed in Festivals such as the Pablo Casals, West Cork, Schiermonnikoog, Amsterdam Viola Festival and Clandeboye Chamber Music Festivals. At these festivals, he has taken part in masterclasses and performed with Garth Knox, Gérard Caussé, Nils Mönkemeyer, Jürgen Kussmaul and members of the Vanbrugh, Danish, Vogler and Michelangelo String Quartet.
Successful solo recitals include two recitals in the John Field Room in the NCH in August 2013 and 2014 where he played to a full house and received a standing ovation. His review from his 2014 concert reads: ‘Intensely strong and passionate playing from Moriarty who clearly has a solid technique, playing with good control, producing a warm and even tone, suggesting serious promise for the future’ (GoldenPlec)
Martin plays an Amati-Mangenot 1931 viola and a Nester Audinot 1970 bow.
Ed Creedon was born in Cork and for many years was a student of Constantin Zanidache at the CIT Cork School of Music. Since 2012 he has studied with Simon Aspell of the Vanbrugh String Quartet.
Ed has won many prizes, most recently a Flax Trust Award from the Clandeboye Festival and the Arthur Catterall Cup at Feis Ceoil in 2014. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra and the CIT CSM Sinfonietta Orchestra.
A busy performing career has brought Ed to some of the finest concert halls in the world. He has performed with ensembles such as the European Union Youth Orchestra and the World Youth Chamber Orchestra, working with conductors such as Vasily Petrenko and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
In 2013 he was selected to take part in the RTE National Symphony Orchestra’s Mentoring Scheme, and has since been invited back to perform with them on numerous occasions.
Ed is passionate about chamber music, and has been a regular performer at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. He participated in the Young Musician’s Platform as a member of the Cepheus Quartet in 2013 and 2014, and with the Sonoro Quartet in 2015, where he received masterclasses from some of the world’s greatest chamber musicians, including Sylvia Simionescu, Liana Gourdjia, and members of the Signum, Cremona, Danish, Danel, Casals and Kelemen Quartets.
18-year-old Christopher Ellis has been hailed for showing “a prodigious mastery of the cello” (Belfast Telegraph). He began his musical training at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Aisling Drury Byrne. In 2015 he was offered a place in the prestigious Paris Conservatoire in the classes of Marc Coppey and Pauline Bartissol.
Christopher is an enthusiastic chamber musician and has perfomred at chamber music festivals at home and abroad, including West Cork Chamber Music Festival (Cork), Music in Drumcliffe (Sligo), Festival de Pablo Casals (France), Clandeboye Music Festival (Northern Ireland), Music for Galway (Galway), l’Academie d’Été de Nice (France) and Academia Internazionale di Musica di Cagliari (Sardinia).
In 2014, Christopher toured with the RIAM Chamber Ensemble and gave solo and chamber music performances in Beijing, China. He also joined the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland on their tour of the United Arab Emirates. He is a member of the Arioso String Quartet and is former Principal Cellist of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland.
While attending the 64th Edition of the Festival de Pablo Casals in France in 2014, Christopher was honoured to be chosen from 30 aspiring young cellists to play at the closing concert of the festival. He gave a performance of ‘Le Chant des Oiseaux’, a breath-taking piece written by Casals himself, and was accompanied by Internationally renowned musicians Kyoko Takezawa, Nobuko Imai, Niklas Schmidt and Jurek Dybal.
Christopher has received mentorship from a multitude of musical artists including Arto Noras, Daniel Muller Schott, Alban Gerhardt, Laurence Lesser, Guy Johnson, Andres Diaz, Natalie Clein, Boris Andrianov and Hannah Roberts.