William Butt (cello)
William Butt enjoys a busy career as soloist, chamber musician and is professor of cello at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. He has performed extensively throughout Ireland, the UK, Europe and the Far East. He is a much admired exponent of the solo repertoire, having performed and broadcast numerous works for this medium by contemporary composers, as well as the formidable solo sonatas by Kodaly and Ligeti and the suites of Bach and Britten.In recent seasons he has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Orchestra of St Cecilia and the Ulster Orchestra He has worked with conductors such as Alexander Anissimov, Gerhard Markson, Rumon Gamba, Vernon Handley and Barry Douglas.William Butt's performances have been broadcast on BBC radio 3, BBC radio Ulster, BBC world service, National television in China, CBC (Canada) and RTE radio and television.In recital he has played for festivals and series such as the Royal Dublin Society, BBC Radio 3 and the Music in Great Irish Houses festival. His released recordings of the Britten and Bach suites for solo cello (Warner Classics) have received very exciting reviews internationally.
Anna Cashell (violin)
Anna Cashell began her musical studies in Ireland before training at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music in London. Whilst at the College she studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky and was awarded many prizes including the college’s prestigious Mills Williams Junior Fellowship and the Tagore Gold Medal which was presented to her by Prince Charles. She has given concerts in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Forbidden City concert Hall in Beijing and at the Banff Institute of Music in Canada. With her husband, pianist Simon Watterton, she performs in the Cashell/Watterton Duo. Anna has performed as a soloist with many orchestras in Ireland and the UK, such as The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and Camerata Ireland conducted by Barry Douglas. She is also a founding member of the Schumann String Quartet and a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and also holds a teaching position at Royal Holloway University.
Mia Cooper (violin)
Mia Cooper has lived in Dublin since her appointment as leader of the RTE Concert Orchestra in 2006. She previously held principal positions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia, has appeared as guest leader of many of the UK's symphony orchestras and freelanced with London's finest chamber orchestras and ensembles.
Equally at home as a chamber musician, Mia has participated in chamber music festivals, in Ireland, the UK, France, India, and Lithuania.Mia studied with renowned pedagogue Yossi Zivoni at the Royal Northern College of Music, and continued her training at the Paris Conservatoire. She teaches violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Diane Daly (violin)
Diane is from Co. Monaghan. She first studied violin with Maeve Broderick at the RIAM. She led both the Junior and Senior National Youth Orchestras of Ireland and performed as soloist with the RTE Concert Orchestra aged just 14. She continued her studies in the UK with teachers including Wen Zhou Li and Mauricio Fuks. Diane has since toured the world with a number of prestigious ensembles including The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, The European Union Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Ireland. She has been a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra since 1998. In other genres she has performed alongside and recorded with Sir Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Bono, Shania Twain and Katie Melua. Within the last year she has lead the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve collaboration with Dolores O’Riordan, performed with Declan O Rourke and improvised over Leonard Cohen songs with Liam O Maonlai.Diane has always blended her performance career with community and education work. In 2007 she set up ‘Music in the Glen’, based in Killaloe Co. Clare and is in charge of the organisation’s pre-instrumental music workshops, string groups and community ensembles. She is artistic director of the Feile Eile Children’s Arts festival in Killaloe.
Rudi de Groote (cello)
RuRudi de Groote is currently principal cello with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. He grew up in South Africa and after studying at the Royal College of Music in London, he moved to Scotland where he became Principal cello of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He is frequently invited to be guest principal cello in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the John Wilson Orchestra. He frequently performs as cellist with the Chilingirian String quartet, and has performed with Marcia Crayford, Robert Cohen, Garfield Jackson and the Belcea string quartet. As soloist, Rudi has performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony under Ilan Volkov, Martyn Brabbins and Jerzy Maksimiuk, and with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera under Francesco Corti. He has broadcast live for Radio 3 and has performed in recital at the Edinburgh and Cheltenham International Festivals. Rudi has undertaken masterclasses with Torlief Thedeen, David Geringas, Franz Helmerson, and Moray Welsh.
Katherine Hunka (violin)
Katherine Hunka has been Leader of the Irish Chamber Orchestra since 2002.She regularly directs the ensemble from the violin as well as performing as soloist across a wide range of repertoire. She has shared the concert platform with ICO guest artists, performing concertos with Pekka Kuusisto, Nigel Kennedy and Anthony Marwood among others. She is a frequent performer at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival as a chamber musician and Leader and is part of a dynamic duo with Irish accordionist Dermot Dunne. Together they have toured the length and breadth of Ireland and have recorded a CD Escualo and have just completed a tour of Ireland with bassist Malachy Robinson. Katherine has been a guest leader with many groups including the Manchester Camerata, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and has performed as soloists with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and RTE Concert Orchestra. Katherine also teaches at the CIT Cork School of Music and has also been a visiting professor at Indiana University USA.
Yonit Kosovske (harpsichord)
Dr Yonit Kosovske has performed as a soloist, chamber artist, continuo player, and artistic director throughout North and South America, Europe, Israel, and Hong Kong. Holding degrees in both modern and historical keyboard instruments, Yonit concertizes on harpsichord, modern piano, fortepiano, and chamber organ. She is at home with vocal and instrumental repertory from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries—spanning large and small-scale genres, sacred and secular works, and collaborative, interdisciplinary and multi-media projects. In addition to her performance career, Yonit teaches privately, in master classes, workshops, and on the faculty of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Her book "Historical Harpsichord Technique, Developing La doucuer du toucher" was published by Indiana University Press in July 2011.
Lynda Lee (soprano)
Lynda Lee is a former student of Dr Veronica Dunne. She was a multiple prize winner and the recipient of several bursaries and awards during her studies. She began her professional career with Opera Theatre Company and the RTE Orchestras and went on to work with all of the Irish based orchestras and opera companies in a wide variety of repertoire. She has performed all over Europe in opera and oratorio and was also invited to go on full time contract with OPERLEIPZIG where her roles included Donna Anna, Fiordiligi, First Lady, Genoveva and Elisabeth in Tannhauser. She has also had an ongoing love for Handel and has appeared at several prestigious Handel Festivals throughout Europe and was nominated twice for her portrayal of Handel heroines in the International opera magazine Opernwelt. She has just recently returned from performing the title role in Handel's Deborah for the London Handel Festival.In recent years Lynda joined the vocal faculty at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she is also a member of the Academy Chamber Ensemble with whom she has performed throughout Ireland, New York, Latvia and China. She was invited in 2009 by Our Lady's Choral Society to perform Handel's Messiah at the Vatican in the presence of Pope Benedict. She also appeared in the Film Becoming Jane starring Anne Hathaway and Dame Maggie Smith.
Cian Ó Dúill (viola)
Cork born viola player Cian Ó Dúill has performed with the Vanbrugh, Carducci and Callino String Quartets, the Avalon Ensemble, Chroma and The Crash Ensemble. He has played in chamber music recitals with Anthony Marwood, Howard Shelley, Patricia Rozario, Natalie Clein, Benjamin Frith, and with members of the Leopold String Trio, the Nash Ensemble and Schubert Ensemble and has appeared at Cheltenham, Warwick Arts, Chichester, Aldeburgh, Wye Valley, Kings Lynn, Sligo Spring, and West Cork Chamber Music Festivals. He is a member of the Oriel Trio (flute, viola and harp) and of the Chamber Players, a London based string sextet with whom he has recorded music by Mozart and Brahms. Concerto appearances include works by Bach, Telemann, Mozart, Bruch and Hindemith in Ireland, the UK and Spain. Cian is a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, is co-principal viola with the London Mozart Players and has a busy freelance orchestral career playing regularly with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Camerata Ireland, London Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Joachim Roewer (viola/Artistic Director)
Born in East Germany, Joachim Roewer graduated from the Musikhochschule Weimar and the Orchesterakademie of the Berlin Philharmonic, having performed frequently with this world class orchestra in Berlin and internationally. During that time he was also principal viola of the International Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado on various European tours. In 1994 Joachim Roewer moved to Ireland to become principal viola with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He has also worked as principal viola with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and Camerata Ireland. On numerous occasions he appeared as soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, recently alongside Anthony Marwood in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and in Hector Berlioz “Harold in Italy” with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. Since 2006 Joachim Roewer works as Course Director of the International ConCorda Chamber Music Course for Strings , held annually at Kilkenny College. He is a passionate teacher and busy chamber music player, being a member of the recently founded Schumann String Quartet. He has performed with the Vogler Quartet, the Vanbrugh Quartet, the ConTempo Quartet and was soloist alongside Bruno Giuranna in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.6. He teaches viola and chamber music at the Cork School of Music and the Irish World Academy for Music and Dance.
Hugh Tinney (piano)
Since winning first prize at both the 1983 Pozzoli and 1984 Paloma O’Shea piano competitions in Italy and Spain, Hugh Tinney has performed in more than thirty countries throughout Europe, the USA, Latin America and the Far East. A prize in the 1987 Leeds Piano Competition earned him a busy career in Great Britain performing with many major orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia. He has made a major contribution to Irish concert life for over thirty years, including multiple solo recital series, chamber music series, and regular concerto performances with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with the Borodin, Tokyo, RTÉ Vanbrugh, Vogler and RTÉ Con Tempo Quartets, Ensemble Wien, Steven Isserlis, Catherine Leonard, the Chieftains and the late Bernadette Greevy. In 2012 to 2014, he toured China several times with the Academy Chamber Ensemble. He has recorded solo, chamber and concerto repertoire for Decca, Naxos, RTÉ lyric fm and several other CD labels. From 2000 to 2006 Hugh Tinney was Artistic Director of the Music in Great Irish Houses festival. He has taught at the Royal Irish Academy of Music since 1995 and has been a jury member at several international piano competitions. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music by the National University of Ireland in 2007.