John Hearne began his musical education at a young age, with piano lessons from his father William Hearne, with whom he later also studied the recorder. Taking up the bassoon at the age of 11, he was taught by Michael Rogers in Dublin, before completing his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, with Graham Sheen and Meyrick Alexander, and at the Scuola Musicale di Milano, Italy, under Valentino Zucchiatti. Since returning to Dublin in 2001, John has worked as a freelance player with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTE Concert Orchestra, Irish National Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Opera Theatre Company, the Orchestra of St. Cecilia, Castleward Opera and various other ensembles. A keen chamber musician, John is a member of Cassiopeia Winds, Musici Ireland and the Ficino Ensemble. He teaches bassoon at TU Dublin Conservatoire and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.