The Cork School of Music is proud to operate an Artists-in-Residence programme whereby distinguished professional artists are recognised for their association with the School. These range from individual performers to chamber ensembles, both instrumental and vocal. They perform regularly at the School and share their expertise and artistry with the next generation of young performers.
Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow. As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule. Barry has recently embarked on a monumental recording project with Chandos Records - to record the complete works for solo piano of Brahms within five years. Having developed a wealth of musical experience in his 35-year career, Barry now feels the time is right to undertake this colossal project. The first disc of works by Brahms was released to critical acclaim on 11 March 2012. The interesting programming of each disc, which has already garnered much critical praise, presents each album as a stand-alone recital, providing a varied and engaging listening experience, and Barry has generously performed each of the programmes in the CSM. March 2014 saw the release of his first, highly-acclaimed recording of Schubert’s solo piano works, also recorded in the CSM’s Curtis Auditorium.
Fiona Shaw is probably the most distinguished theatre artist ever to come from Cork. Early lessons in speech & drama at the Cork School of Music were followed by a BA (in Philosophy) at UCC and then specialist theatre training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where she now lives. She gained great acclaim for the role of Julia in the National Theatre in 1983 and this led to work at the Royal Shakespeare Company and prominent roles on the stage, TV and Film ever since. Credits include: Madame de Volanges in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1985), Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew (1987), Young Woman in Machinal (1993), Winnie in Happy Days (2007), and the title roles in Electra (1988), Hedda Gabler (1991), Medea (2000). She performed T. S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land as a one-person show at the Liberty Theatre in New York to great acclaim in 1996. Awards include two Olivier Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, and a Tony. Recent film and tv work includes True Blood and The Rising, where Fiona played Countess Marcievicz. Directing work includes the opera Riders to the Sea
Ash Soan has been appointed CSM Artist in Residence in recognition of his generous work as a visiting artist to the BA in Popular Music. He has been working professionally as a drummer for over 20 years. His live experience includes performing at Woodstock 94 and supporting The Rolling Stones, REM, Bon Jovi, Van Hallen, Oasis and Bryan Adams at Wembley with his first band Del Amitri.
Since then Ash has toured and performed with Marianne Faithfull, Sinead O’Connor, Sheryl Crow, Robbie Williams, James Morrison, Will Young, Squeeze, Lewis Taylor, Hamish Stuart, The Waterboys, Jeff Lorber, Trevor Horn, Seal, Rumer, Terry Reid, Ronnie Wood, Dionne Warwick and many more. The main focus of Ash’s career has centred on the recording industry. Over the past 20 years he has recorded 51 top 20 albums for artists including: Cher, Seal, Robbie Williams, Billy Idol, Adele, Enrique Iglesias, Dionne Warwick and Rumer, James Morrison, Cee Lo Green, Celine Dion and Ronan Keating. 45 of those albums have reached the top 10, with an impressive 18 going to number 1. Ash’s discography also includes an impressive 21 top 10 singles, 11 of which reached number 1. Other highlights of Ash’s career thus far include playing the 2012 Olympic games opening ceremony with Mike Oldfield, being the house drummer on the BBC TV show The Voice and recent- ly playing on the soundtrack of the new Terminator movie for composer Lorne Balfe.
An Irish musician of Romanian origin, Alex is quickly establishing himself both nationally and internationally as a percussionist of the finestcalibre. His recent appearances as a soloist with the both the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and RTE Concert Orchestra along with his performance as sole musician in the Abbey Theatre’s recent Twelfth Night have placed him at the forefront of young Irish artists. Other credits include the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, and Lucerne Festival Academy where he performed with Pierre Boulez and David Robertson. He won the Irish Freemasons’ Young Musician of the Year Competition and has twice been selected to compete at the Tromp International Competition, reaching the semi-final stage.
Founded in 1975, Madrigal '75 comprises a diverse combination of singers from all walks of life. The choir has developed a reputation as a vocal ensemble of great skill and beauty, performing repertory from as early as the 14th century right through to contemporary choral works, both sacred and secular, including first performances of new commissions. In competition, Madrigal ‘75 has twice won the Carols for Christmas competitions on RTE lyric fm, in addition to Best Choir at the Montreux Festival, several Best Performances and First Prize awards at successive Cork International Choral Festivals, including the Irish Choir of the Year award. In 2013, Madrigal '75 returned to Montreux and was the highest-placed choir in the mixed-voice category. In its 40-year history, the choir has performed with several of Ireland’s leading ensembles, including the RTE Vanbrugh String Quartet and the Orchestra of St Cecilia. The choir has presented both the closing and opening concerts of the prestigious East Cork Early Music Festival, as well as being invited to present the atmospheric Evocations concert for the Cork International Choral Festival. 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of Madrigal '75 as a choral group of excellence in the Cork area. In celebration of this anniversary the choir has performed a variety of concerts, the highlight of which has been performing in the Gala Opening Concert for the 2015 Cork International Choral Festival. Upcoming concerts include participation in the East Cork Early Music Festival, as well as our traditional Christmas Concert in the Cork School of Music. Since January 2007, Madrigal '75 has been directed by James Taylor, organist and harpsichordist, who, having held posts in the UK, New Zealand and Canada, now lectures in the CIT Cork School of Music and is Assistant Director of Music of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.
Hugh Murray & Christine Kenny (violins)
David Kenny (viola)
Maria O’Connor (cello)
The Chiral Quartet was formed in 2011 by students of the CIT Cork School of Music, where they studied with members of the Vanbrugh Quartet. They took part in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival’s young musicians platform in both the 2011 and 2013 seasons, receiving masterclasses from members of the Auryn, Casals, Danel, Diotima, Kelemen and Pacifica quartets. The Chiral Quartet has been broadcast on RTE Radio 1 and RTE lyricfm. Other highlights include winning the Cork School of Music’s annual Vanbrugh Chamber Music Competition, and two appearances at the RDS Rising Stars Series. Them quartet frequently performs works by Irish composers, including Conal Ryan, Solfa Carlile, Raymond Deane, John Gibson and Ina Boyle. They have also appeared alongside popular Irish artists like Lisa Hannigan, Mick Flannery and Walking on Cars. In 2012, the Chiral Quartet was chosen as the winner of the nationwide “Strings Attached” competition, organised by Music in Drumcliffe, the RIAM and Artscope. They were privileged to study regularly with the Vogler Quartet, take part in the 2013 Music in Drumcliffe Festival, attend the Jeunesse Musicale Deutschland International Chamber Music Campus in Weikerscheim, and travel to Leipzig for further study with Prof. Frank Reinecke. The quartet was the 2014 winner of the KBC Great Music in Irish Houses residency programme.