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Elizabeth Cooney



Elizabeth is a London based Irish violinist who performs internationally as soloist, chamber musician and with orchestras. She has been invited to guest lead the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Aurora Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the orchestra of Welsh National Opera among many others.
As a soloist, she has performed concertos with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (concertos by Sibelius, Prokofiev 1st, Dvorak, Mozart 5th) and has been invited to tour Ireland as soloist twice with sold out venues.
She has also appeared with them on radio and for RTE TV.

Elizabeth recorded Mozart's Concerto no.1 with the Ulster Orchestra and conductor Howard Shelley for BBC Radio 3 and has performed as soloist with the Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Hungary, the Slovenian Philharmonic (as laureate of the SionValais International Competition for Violin), Musica Vitae in Sweden and recently with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus for the beautiful piece 'Voices in Exile' by Richard Blackford.
She regularly performs with the dynamic Aurora Orchestra and has played many symphonies by memory with them including performances at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and in July '17 they will perform Beethoven's Eroica Symphony by memory as well as Brahms 1st Symphony at St.John's, Smith Square. She has toured with them to Mexico, Australia, BeethovenFest in Bonn, Spain and will join them again this year for tours to France, Germany and Switzerland.
Elizabeth enjoys playing chamber music and in May '17, she will perform string sextets by Brahms and Tchaikovsky on a six date tour of Ireland (supported by the Arts Council) called 'Elizabeth Cooney and Friends' with distinguished musicians Mairead Hickey, violin; Simon Aspell, viola; Ruth Gibson, viola; Guy Johnston, cello and Brian O'Kane, cello.
Elizabeth studied on scholarship at the Royal College of Music, London where her professor was Itzhak Rashkovsky. There she won many awards including the Seymour Whinyates Prize for Strings, the Ian Stoutzker Award for Violin and the Bernard Stevens Award for Chamber Music. She was subsequently a Junior Fellow at the RCM and was teaching assistant to Prof. Rashkovsky for two years. Before that, she studied with Patsy Kelleher as a child and Adrian Petcu for many years at the Cork School of Music, Ireland.

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