Ten young musicians from counties Dublin, Cork, Clare, Fermanagh and Meath in RTÉ NSO’s 2012 Mentoring Scheme for Advanced Young Musicians

Ten young musicians from counties Dublin, Cork, Clare, Fermanagh and Meath in RTÉ NSO’s 2012 Mentoring Scheme for Advanced Young Musicians

 Ten advanced young instrumental students, ranging in ages from 19 to 27 and from counties Dublin, Cork, Clare, Fermanagh and Meath, have been selected by audition to take part in the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s 2012 Mentoring Scheme for Advanced Young Musicians.   All ten are first-time participants. They will perform with the RTÉ NSO, conducted by 2012 Malko Competition winner Rafael Payare, in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 and Richard Strauss’ Don Juan on Friday 30 November at the National Concert Hall. Full details below.

The final ten are students of violin (2), cello (1), flute (1), trumpet (1), tuba (1), horn (1), harp (1) and percussion (2) and studying at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the CIT Cork School of Music at stages ranging from first year through to masters and post-graduate level. At 19, percussion students Ronan Dikker from Knocklyon, Dublin and Brian Dungan, Dunboyne, Co Meath, are the youngest participants. Ronan is a first year B.A. in Music Performance student at the Royal Irish Academy of Music; Brian is a second year B.Mus.Ed. student at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.  The other participants are Liane Bradley (21), flute, from Ennis, Co Clare and Anne Manach (27), violin, from Clisson in France, both studying at the CIT Cork School of Music; Eoghan Cooke (21), trumpet, and Aisling Deevy (21), horn, both from Dublin and Claire O’Donnell (23), from Bray, Co Wicklow, all studying at the  DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama; and Cristina Ryan (24), violin, from Dublin, Yseult Cooper Stockdale (21), cello, from Cork and Stephen Crooks (20) from Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, all studying at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Full details below.

The RTÉ NSO Mentoring Scheme, in which students rehearse and perform with the orchestra and with conductors and soloists of international stature, is now in its third year. Feedback from RTÉ NSO players to the young musicians in relation to audition, rehearsal and performance continues to be a major element of the mentoring process.

As in previous years, selection was on the basis of a full orchestral audition before a core panel of RTÉ NSO players and principal players as appropriate to the candidates. 11 RTÉ NSO players were involved. The core panel consisted of Alan Smale, Leader; Catriona Ryan, Flute Section Leader and Martin Johnson, Cello Section Leader. Principal players were John Finucane, clarinet; Fintan Sutton, bass clarinet; David Atcheler, horn; Graham Hastings, trumpet; Francis Magee, tuba, Roger Moffatt, percussion; Andreja Malíř, harp and Adèle Johnson, viola.

Four of this year’s participants are undertaking instrumental study at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Speaking of the importance of the scheme, RIAM Director Deborah Kelleher said “The RTÉ NSO’s mentoring scheme, enabling young musicians to make the transition between education and the profession in a supportive and protected environment, is now a key part of the learning experience of Irish orchestral students. At a time when they are at varying stages of study and considering their own careers, students get to experience the life of a professional orchestral musician for a magical time which includes the professional orchestral audition with its immensely valuable feedback element, the discipline of the orchestral rehearsal, the challenge of working with an international conductor and of course, the live performance. From day one, this is a scheme which we now highlight as a goal to our incoming students.”

Looking forward to the mentoring scheme period, Séamus Crimmins, Acting RTÉ NSO General Manager said: “The Mentoring Scheme rehearsal and performance period is a highlight in the RTÉ NSO’s schedule as our musicians sit side by side with young musicians of exceptional ability. It is always a pleasure to welcome new talent, be it orchestral players, soloists or conductors, and it is our privilege to work with a range of advanced music students on an annual basis. Although the mentoring programme was established to benefit young performers through the experience of everyday life in a professional symphony orchestra, the mentoring scheme has been an enriching one for the RTÉ NSO musicians as well. This year’s group is the largest in the three years of the scheme. We are particularly pleased that it was possible to secure the young Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare to conduct this concert involving student participation in two major works, and to lead these young players through what we hope will be a memorably and rewarding time, both musically and personally.”

 

See below for full listing of 2012 participants and 30 November concert details.

 

For further information, please contact

Assumpta Lawless, RTÉ NSO Marketing & Communications Manager

assumpta.lawless@rte.ie | Direct line: 01 208 2769 | Mobile: 087 290 4168

or

Maria Buckley, RTÉ NSO Marketing & Communications Assistant

maria.buckley@rte.ie | Direct line: 01 208 2773 | Mobile: 083 349 4239 (temporary number)


Participants in RTÉ NSO 2012 Mentoring Scheme for Advanced Young Musicians

 

Violin

  • ·         Anne Manach (27), Clisson, France. College: CIT Cork School of Music.

Teachers: Gregory Ellis and Ruxandra Petcu-Colan.

Course: MA in Music Performance: Year 2.

 

  • ·         Cristina Ryan (24), Cabra, Dublin. College: Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Teacher: Michael d’Arcy.

Course: MA in Music Performance: Year 2.

 

Cello

  • ·         Yseult Cooper Stockdale (21), Cork City. College: Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Teacher: William Butt.

Course: BA in Music Performance: Year 3.

 

Flute

  • ·         Liane Bradley (21), Ennis, Co Clare. College: CIT Cork School of Music.

Teacher: Sabine Ducrot

Course: B.Mus.: Year 4.

 

Trumpet

  • ·         Eoghan Cooke (21), Santry, Co Dublin. College: DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Teacher: Eamonn Nolan.

Course: B. Mus.: Year 4.

 

Tuba

  • ·         Stephen Crooks (20), Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. College: Royal Irish Academy of Music. Teacher: Frances Magee.

Course: BA in Music Performance: Year 2.

 

Horn

  • ·         Aisling Deevy (21), Rathfarnham, Dublin. College: DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Teacher: Ian Dakin.

Course: B.Mus. Ed.: Year 4 (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama & Trinity College Dublin)

 

Percussion

  • ·         Ronan Dikker (19), Knocklyon, Dublin. College: Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Teacher: Richard O’Donnell.

Course: BA in Music Performance: Year 1

 

  • ·         Brian Dungan (19), Dunboyne, Co Meath. College: Royal Irish Academy of Music

Teacher: Richard O’Donnell.

Course: B.Mus. Ed.: Year 2 (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama & Trinity College Dublin)

 

Harp

  • ·         Claire O’Donnell (23), Bray, Co Wicklow. College: DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Teacher: Clíona Doris.

Course: Post-graduate B.Mus. Now studying part-time.

 

 

 

 

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2012–2013 Season

Friday 30 November 2012, 8pm, National Concert Hall

With 2012 Mentoring Scheme participants

 

DREAMS, DEFIANCE AND LEAVE-TAKING

R. Strauss        Don Juan, Op. 20 [17’]

Mozart                        Clarinet Concerto in A, K622 [25’]

Shostakovich   Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 [55’]

 

John Finucane clarinet

Rafael Payare conductor

with 2012 Mentoring Scheme participants

 

RTÉ NSO Principal Clarinet John Finucane and the young rising star, Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare, step into the limelight for Mozart’s hauntingly beautiful Clarinet Concerto, regarded by many as among the finest music ever written for the instrument. Taking delight in a youthful virtuosity that all but boils over with incident, drama and wit, Richard Strauss’s heroic tone poem Don Juan boasts enormous vim and irresistible vitality. And Shostakovich’s mighty Tenth Symphony offers a powerful and moving ‘testament of misery’ to life under Stalin’s thumb.

 

Soundings, 7pm: In Conversation

Royal Irish Academy of Music Director Deborah Kelleher with 2012 Mentoring Scheme participants

 

Tickets: €10, €18, €24, €30, €35 (concessions €9, €16, €22, €27, €32)

Booking (no fees): 01 417 0000 | www.nch.ie | www.rte.ie/nso

 

 

ENDS

 

 

 

For further information, please contact

Assumpta Lawless, RTÉ NSO Marketing & Communications Manager

assumpta.lawless@rte.ie | Direct line: 01 208 2769 | Mobile: 087 290 4168

or

Maria Buckley, RTÉ NSO Marketing & Communications Assistant

maria.buckley@rte.ie | Direct line: 01 208 2773 | Mobile: 083 349 4239 (temporary number)