Jane Hackett, violin

This is Jane's first year on the Mentoring Scheme

Jane in her own words...

I began studying violin at the age of eight in the Royal Irish Academy of Music and obtained a scholarship each year in the Academy's exams. I am now in my second year of the B.A. in Music Performance and have had the honour of studying under a number of renowned teachers including Geraldine O'Grady, Alan Smale and, currently, Maeve Broderick.

Over the years I have been a prizewinner at the Academy's Annual Festival and the Feis Ceoil and came first place in Ireland in the Junior Certificate Music exam, winning the Louise O'Connell Memorial Cup. In 2009 I was chosen as one of five finalists in the National Concert Hall's Young Musicians Award. In 2008, as part of the RTÉ Living Music Festival, I was selected to take part in an exciting workshop with composer Arvo Pärt. It was a great privilege to meet, and perform for, the composer himself.

Last year I was chosen to perform in the RIAM's Fuse Chamber Music Series at the National Concert Hall as part of both a duo and the RIAM's quartet. I have extensive orchestral experience, from leading the RIAM's Intermediate Orchestra for two years to being a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and the RIAM Symphony and Chamber orchestras, as well performing with the RIAM Quartet. With these groups I have travelled extensively around the world, including Scotland, Japan, Switzerland and China, and this November will travel to New York to play in Carnegie Hall and other venues with the RIAM's Chamber Orchestra.

I also love solo work and have been an invited soloist on many occasions, including the Carthage International Music Festival in 2009 which was a really great experience. This term, as well as taking part in the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Mentoring Scheme for Advanced Young Musicians, I will also participate in the Concert Master Seminar Series in collaboration with the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

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