Hugh is a student of Ruxandra Colan-Petcu. A native of Cork, he graduated in 2013 as Student of the Year with a first class honours BMus degree from the CIT Cork School of Music. He is this year’s recipient of the Director’s Prize. He is currently pursuing the second year of his MA in Leipzig, Germany.
Recent awards include winning the CSM Senior Concerto Competition, finalist and highest placed violinist in the CSM Senior Recital Competition, reaching the final of the Yamaha Foundation Scholarship, and the semi-final of the Freemason's Young Musician of the Year.
Hugh has been leader of a number of ensembles, including the Cork Youth Orchestra, the CSM Mozart Players, and CSM Symphony Orchestra. In April 2011 he performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto in a series of three concerts with this orchestra. He has also played with the RTÉ Symphony and Concert Orchestras.
With the Chiral Quartet he won the Cork School of Music’s Vanbrugh Chamber Music Competition in May 2012, performed at the annual Vanbrugh Scholarship Fund Concert in June 2012, and more recently at the RDS Rising Stars Recital Series. The quartet is the winner of the nationwide Strings Attached competition, organised by the RIAM and Music in Drumcliffe. As part of Jeunesses Musicales they received tuition in Germany from members of the Vogler, Artemis and Alban Berg quartets.
Hugh plays on a violin from Mittenwald, Germany, c.1850, and a 2011 Gary Leahy bow, generously on loan from the CIT Cork School of Music.
Brian began playing the violin at the age of 5. His studies began with Sarah Murphy before entering the Cork School of Music. There he studied under Colette O’ Brien, Adrian Petcu and Katherine Hunka. A regular scholarship student, he received his grade 8 at the school in 2009.
Brian competed in numerous competitions during his years in the school. Notable awards include winning the Feis Matiu Under 15 and Under 17 Violin Competitions and being highly commended in the CSM Junior and Senior Concerto Competitions in 2008 and 2009.
He has a love of orchestral playing and has been a member of both the Cork Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. He is also a member of the CSM Baroque Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. He is the current leader of the Cork Youth Chamber Orchestra.
As a maths and physics student at UCC, Brian continued his study of the violin, receiving an LTCL performance diploma with distinction in 2011. He is currently currently studying for a PhD in Photonics at Tyndall National Institute.
He has a keen interest in chamber music and recently performed the Bach Double Violin Concerto with his brother Hugh as part of the Castletownshend Summer Concert Series 2013.
Eimear began her cello studies at the age of four. She studied with Phil Buckley in the Cork School of Music and completed her grade 8 examination in 2008.
Eimear has successfully competed in many competitions in CSM and Feis Maitiu. In 2006 Eimear was awarded 3rd place in the Violincello Under 15. Her success continued in 2008 when she was awarded 3rd place in the Violincello Solo Under 18 and 1st place in the Concerto Competition Under 18. Eimear was awarded ‘Highest Placed Cellist’ in the Junior Recital Competition 2007 and came Runner-Up and ‘Highest Placed Cellist’ again in 2008. She was also awarded ‘Highest Placed Cellist’ in the Senior Recital Competition in 2008. Eimear was then awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the Senior Concerto Competition during the 2009/2010 season. Eimear holds an ATCL Diploma in performance from Trinity College London.
Eimear has been a member of both the Cork Youth Orchestra and the Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. She is now a member of the Cork Youth Chamber Orchestra.
Eimear has just finished studying in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick with a B.Ed degree. She continues her love of music by playing in Verge Trio every week!