Léonie Bluett, clarinet

This is Léonie's second year on the Mentoring Scheme

Léonie in her own words...

I am aged 22 and from Kilkenny and recently graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music where I completed a B.A. in Music Performance studying with John Finucane.

I have been successful numerous times in the Feis Ceoil, the RIAM Music Festival and the Kilkenny Music Festival and prizes include the Contemporary Cup and the McCullough Cup for woodwind concerto. In October of this year I was a finalist in the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year competition.

I have played in many orchestras, including the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, RIAM Symphony Orchestra and Hibernian Orchestra, and I was chosen to play in a production of Brittens' chamber opera Albert Herring with the Britten-Pears Orchestra. I am also currently a reserve of the European Union Youth Orchestra.

This my second year taking part in the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Mentoring Scheme for Advanced Young Musicians. I enjoy playing in chamber ensembles as well as solo performing and in May 2011 I performed Copland's Clarinet Concerto with the RIAM Symphony Orchestra in the National Concert Hall. I have participated in various courses, including the International Summer Academy for Chamber Music, and have had masterclasses with such renowned clarinettists as François Benda, Eddy Vanoosthuyse, Robert Spring, Fabio Di Casola, Andrew Roberts, Johannes Peitz and Carol McGonnell.

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