May 31st - June 9th

Galway Early Music Festival 2024

Edges of Empire

Laoise O'Brien

Artist Biography

Recorder player, Laoise O'Brien, has been described in the press as a crusader with mesmerising skills and boundless imagination. Laoise has been championing the recorder since discovering the versatility and virtuosity of this historic instrument while a student of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. She has promoted the recorder through concert performances, education, recording, and broadcasting, working with multiple ensembles and arts organisations in Ireland. 

Laoise previously studied flute at the College of Music in Dublin graduating with a BMus (Perf), and holds a Masters in Performance and Musicology from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

As a performer, Laoise has appeared as a soloist and guest musician with numerous ensembles including the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Opera Theatre Company, Resurgam, Sestina, The Gregory Walkers, The Irish Consort, and Camerata Kilkenny. Laoise also performs in the duo, Temenos, with clarinettist Paul Roe. This unusual pairing of instruments has resulted in many new compositions for the duo.

Laoise has been involved in the design and delivery of programmes for Kilkenny Arts Festival, Galway Early Music Festival, East Cork Early Music Festival, Sligo Baroque Festival, Ardee Baroque Festival, Killaloe Chamber Music Festival, MusicTown, The Ark Children's Cultural Centre, Culture Night, Music Network, Music Generation, TU Dublin, The Office of Public Works, The Heritage Council, and RTÉ.

Laoise has contributed to numerous radio broadcasts and has presented documentaries for RTÉ lyric fm including the award-winning, Sonnets for the Cradle, and Goedemorgen, Amsterdam a feature on the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland's tour to the Netherlands in 2018. More recently, she has presented and produced a radio feature, For the Record, which explores the history of the recorder alongside Laoise's own history as a musician. 

Laoise is passionate about connection within the music community and regularly undertakes projects which reach music lovers of all ages. She is Chair of the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, part of the programming committee of Music in Kilkenny, and sits on the Local Music Education Partnership of Music Generation Kilkenny.

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