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Lynda O’ Connor

Lynda O’ Connor is one of the greatest Irish violinists of her generation. Showing particularly early promise she made her debut solo performance at the age of four in the National Concert Hall, Dublin which began her International career as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader.

 Lynda’s soloist career has included many memorable performances including Mozart Sinfonie Concertante with Nobuko Imai and Bach Double Violin Concerto with Chee Yun Kim alongside Camerata Ireland. In 2016 she performed as a soloist with Giles Apape and the International Mahler Orchestra at a Menhuin Tribute concert in Frankfurt. Lynda has also toured France with the Wexford Sinfonia performing Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. More recent performances include Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Beethoven, Bruch and Mozart Violin Concertos with Camerata Ireland, Sinfonua, Dublin Orchestral Players, Greystones Orchestra and the Orchestra of Ireland. She looks forward to performing Vivaldi’s four seasons and Bill Whelan’s Innishlaken this June in Castletown House with the Wolfgang Ensemble and violinist Mia Cooper.

 As a chamber musician, Lynda has collaborated with a dazzling array of artists including Barry Douglas, John O Connor, Michael Mchale, Finghin Collins, Alessio Bax, Celine Byrne, Fionualla Hunt, members of the Vanbrugh string quartet and members of the Pavao Quartet. In 2011 Lynda made her debut USA broadcast in Boston with Barry Douglas. Lynda is a full time/founding member of a number of chamber ensembles including Ficino chamber ensemble, a large chamber group established by viola player Nathan Sherman, Belisama piano trio with cellist Ailbhe McDonagh and Pianist Orla McDonagh, Trio Elatha, a classical/traditional crossover group with guitarist Brendan Walsh and cellist Ailbhe McDonagh, and a duo with pianist Alexander Bernstein. With these groups Lynda has enjoyed performances across USA, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany, UK and Ireland. Upcoming engagements include performances in the Boyne Music festival with Celine Byrne, Brahms piano quartet with Michael Mchale and members of Ficino ensemble in music for Wexford concert series, Walton String quartet in Portaferry Music series and a USA tour with the Belisama piano trio.

O Connor is in demand as an orchestral performer, both at home and abroad, as a principal player, working with the International Mahler Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The Wexford Opera Orchestra, The National Orchestra of Ireland, The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra, Plano Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra among other. She has toured internationally with these orchestras including performances in Carnegie Hall, Cadogan Hall as part of the BBC Proms, China, Mexico, Washington as part of the Smithsonian Festival, Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris as resident artists with Camerata Ireland, St Petersburg, Moscow, Belgium, Germany, Warsaw as part of the International Beethoven festival, Spain, Shaghai, Beijing and Finland as part of the Naantali International Fetsival.

Lynda also records regularly for film, tv and radio, having worked with the Irish film orchestra, and a host of well know international recording artists including U2, Michael Buble, Katie Melua, Celtic Woman, Celtic Thunder, Van Morrison, Sharon Shannon, Daniel O Donnell, The Priests, Joe Dolan, The Blizzards and Declan O Rourke.

With a keen interest in education Lynda is a member of the National Concert Hall ECO band who perform education workshops regularly for children of all ages. She also performs with Mobile Music Machine, the brain child of cellist Gerald Peregrine, who travel around the country performing in schools educating classes about string instruments, classical music and the elements of performing in an ensemble. Lynda has a private Suzuki teaching studio at home and also holds a teaching position in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin where she teaches both second and third level violin students.

Upcoming engagements include a 6 date Irish tour with pianist Alexander Bernstein, performances with The Belisama Trio, Ficino chamber ensemble and a North American tour with her classical/traditional crossover group Trio Elatha scheduled for 2019. Lynda will record and release her debut solo album in late 2019.

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