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Sundays @ Noon: 16th September 2012

Created Sunday, 9th September 2012, 17:55 by Whykay

Sunday September 16th 2012 at 12.00 

Aisling O’Dea violin  
Veronica McSwiney piano

Sonatine 111, Opus posth. 137 No.3  D408
Sonata in D minor  Opus 108
Manuel de Falla
Suite populaire 

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Aisling O’Dea  began to play the violin at the age of nine. She went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London with Professor Maurice Hasson, completing a BMus (Performance) Degree in 1995 and then went on to complete two years of further study at the “Hans Eisler” Hochschule für Musik in Berlin with Professors Stefan Piacard and Michael Erxleben. During her 11 years in Germany, she played with many different ensembles including the Kammerphilharmonie, Bremen and was a member of Ensemble “Oriol”, Berlin, performing regularly in Berlin’s Philharmonie Hall. In 2000, she became a member of the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Frankfurt (R.S.O. Frankfurt) and was with the R.S.O. until 2007 when she was then appointed a position with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Alongside performances with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, a keen chamber musician she is also a founding member of 'Artisan Trio' in Edinburgh with whom she performs regularly. 'Artisan' was established in 2009 and is an ensemble which not only focuses on the core piano trio repertoire but promotes new compositions of composers with links to the city of Edinburgh. Winner of the String section in R.T.E.’s “Young Musician of the Future” in 1994, Aisling has appeared as guest soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland on a number of occasions, most recently performing Beethoven’s Romance in F and Sibelius’ Humoresque no. 1 and 2.
Veronica McSwiney, one of Ireland’s most popular pianists, hails from Dublin.  She played her first concerto with the RTESO when she was fourteen years old and at this concert she came to the attention of Sir Robert and Lady Dorothy Mayer, and they nurtured her for a career on the concert platform. She studied abroad with Bruno Seidlehofer in Salzburg and Ilona Kabos in London, and after a successful Wigmore Hall debut, her concert engagements took her to the USA, to Germany, Holland and later to the USSR, where she was the first Irish artist to be invited to tour for Gosconzert, Moscow. This initial tour led to several more invitations throughout the Soviet Union. In 1981 she based herself in Manchester and played many recitals throughout the UK and performed concertos with many of the major British  orchestras, such as CBSO, LSO, BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, English Sinfonia etc.  She has performed on numerous occasions with our own NSO.  Her Claddagh recordings of the John Field nocturnes, recorded in 1972, are considered, by many eminent musicians today, to be the finest available. Apart from her solo work Veronica has always been very keen on Chamber music, and for fifteen years she was the music director of Irish National Opera. She returned to live in Ireland in 1997, and since then formed the Eblana Trio with her daughter Aisling and cellist Alexandra Mackenzie. She continues to perform here in Ireland and abroad.

For further information contact 
Gavin O’Sullivan
ph: +353-87-2456971

The Sundays @ Noon Concert Series is funded by Dublin City Council and grant aided by The Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon.