May 26th - 27th

Galway Early Music Festival 2023


CaitrĂ­ona O'Mahony

Artist Biography

Caitríona O’Mahony is a violinist, violist, educator, and Artistic Director of the East Cork Early Music Festival. Initially studying modern violin and viola with Ruxandra Petcu-Colan and Simon Aspell at the Cork School of Music, she later specialised in historical performance with Walter Reiter and Kati Debretzeni at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag, and was awarded a Masters in Early Music Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music studying under Claire Duff. She has been known to try her hand at any variety of bowed strings, and loves viola d’amore and viola da gamba. Caitríona has played with Irish ensembles including the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Camerata Kilkenny, Sestina Chamber Ensemble and the Cork Baroque Orchestra, as well as European ensembles including the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, and Ensemble Marsyas. A recent favourite project was recording the full cycle of Heinrich Biber’s Mystery Sonatas for 3 online concerts, with organist James Taylor. She performs and programmes with rising Irish early music group Ensemble Dagda, described as “full of promise” [Irish Times]. With the group, she has been invited to programme and perform concerts for festivals and series including West Cork Chamber Music, Encanto Salon Festival Helsinki, East Cork Early Music, Music for Wexford, St. Barrahane’s Festival of Music, and Kaleidoscope Night. 

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