Irish classical violinist. Available to perform for all types of functions and events as soloist or with additional musicians if desired.
Orlaith began her violin studies in 2001. She has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree at Maynooth University, majoring in Performance, and is currently furthering her violin education at CIT Cork School of Music where she will be commencing the MA in Performance in September 2017. In masterclass, Orlaith has worked with a number of renowned violinists, most notably with Maxim Vengerov and Ray Chen. Orlaith is co-founder and member of the OAK Duo (violin and guitar), playing alongside classical guitarist Katie Neville. The duo was chosen to be an apprentice ensemble of the Galway Music Residency Apprentice Ensemble Programme 2015-16. As part of the apprenticeship they worked under the mentorship of the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet, and played in a number of recitals in Galway City Museum, Aula Maxima, NUIG, and the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin. With a strong interest in contemporary music and links with many composers throughout, the duo has workshopped and premiered many new compositions including works by Maria Minguella and Martin O' Leary to name but a few. As an orchestral musician Orlaith has played with many orchestras and chamber ensembles. She is currently first violinist with the CITCSM Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. She has leader and co-leadership experience with the Maynooth University String Ensemble and the Maynooth University Orchestra. She has also played with SinfoNua and Esker Festival Orchestra in many venues across Ireland including the National Concert Hall, Dublin and Galway Cathedral. As a solo player Orlaith has most recently performed in venues including CIT Cork School of Music, Riverstown Hall, Maynooth University, St. Mary's Church of Ireland, Maynooth, and the Midlands Arts Centre, Kinnegad. As a session musician Orlaith has experience in recording and string arranging, including a recording in Windmill Lane Recording Studio, Dublin, for singer-songwriter Niamh Crowther. She has also recorded with the choirs of Kilcock as part of an entry for the RTÉ Lyric FM Carols for Christmas competition in 2014. Orlaith is delighted to play on a violin made by Irish violin maker Conor Russell.
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