WhistleBlast Quartet

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The WhistleBlast Quartet are a mini-symphonic ensemble made up of a talented team of performers and teachers located in Ireland. We offer a wide range of musical experiences including performances for any occasion, workshop programmes for children and even adults! Book us now to reserve Ireland's highly accomplished musical team for your event!

Kenneth Edge

Saxophone, Clarinet

Kenneth Edge was born in Dublin, Ireland. Studying saxphone with Sydney Egan in the College of Music Dublin as well as John Harle in London and Jean Marie Londeix at the Bordeau Conservatory, he gained the prestigious Premier Prix award of his class.

Ken Edge Saxophone

Other awards include Irelands "young musician of the year" and a number of arts council grants for foreign study and composition.

Kenneth has had many new works dedicated to him, most recently John Bucklet's concerto for Alto sax and strings, which has been released on C.D with Kenneth as soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Keneth has held the posts of music director of Ireland's Coisceim Dance Theatre Company, for which he composed the scores for five of their productions, and artist in residence to the University of Limerick.

Originally the saxophonist for 'Riverdance the Show', Kenneth travelled the world for five years. He regularly collaborates with pianist/composer Micheal O Suillebhain in their group 'Hibero Jazz'. He is also active as a conductor with the new music ensemble "Vox21".

Oonagh Keogh

Violin

Oonagh Keogh Violin

Oonagh Keogh Violin

Oonagh Keogh was born in Dublin and began learning the violin with her mother, Geraldine O’Grady. Oonagh studied at the Guildhall School of Music and after graduating, gained an honours masters from the University of Limerick.

She has been a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra for many years and with them has toured China, South Korea, Australia, the USA and all over Europe, performing with some of the world’s leading classical musicians such as violinist Nigel Kennedy, flautist, James Galway as well as singers Sinead O’Connor and Dolores O’Riordan.

In addition to her work with the orchestra, Oonagh has a varied career as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared as soloist with orchestra on many occasions in Ireland at various festivals as well as making regular TV appearances over the years.  

In 2008 Oonagh set up her successful music summer school ‘Ceol na Mara’ (www.ceolnamara.ie) in the West of Ireland.

Oonagh is passionate about teaching and enjoys working with young people of all ages, In addition to her own ventures, she works regularly with groups such as the ICO outreach project ‘Sing Out with Strings’ as well as becoming part of the innovative WhistleBlast Quartet on their many and varied projects all over the country.

Mary Curran

French Horn

Mary Curran is a co founder and Senior Partner of WhistleBlast Quartet .She freelances regularly with the RTE Concert Orchestra and lots of other performing groups.

Mary Curran French Horn

Mary Curran French Horn

Mary has devised numerous outreach programmes and performances nationwide for both the Quartet as well as her own Bold as Brass Music Workshops. She is the former Musician-in-residence with Mayo County Council and still does a lot of work for the council in schools and at musical events. She is part of the National Concert Hall Outreach programme and creates highly active workshops and performances for: WhistleBlast’s Family NCH Concert Series ,The  National Museum of Ireland , Young Maestros NCH, The Ark, Festivals and Concerts/Workshops with Harpist Aisling Ennis for adults and young people (www.harpandhorn.com).
Her Teacher Training Course is a regular event every summer based on WhistleBlast’s publication A Whistle and a Blast for Your Class.

 

Conor Linehan

Piano

Conor Linehan is a pianist, composer and teacher from Dublin.

He studied piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Therese Fahy and,after graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Music and English,continued his piano studies in London with Professor Peter Feuchtwanger.

He has performed with the National Symphomy Orchestra of Ireland,The RTE Concert Orchestra,The Dublin Philharmonic and The Crash Ensemble amongst others and broadcast on Lyric FM and BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.

Conor is on the piano faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music where he also teaches courses in improvistaion and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Perfomance in association with Trinity College Dublin.

He has recorded CDs of German Cabaret music with the singer Eva Meier and recorded the Piano Concerto of the late American composer Don Ray with the Filharmonica Bulgarica and Derek Gleeson on the Albany label. He gave the premiere of Ronan Guilfoyle’s Piano Concerto with NSO Ireland.Recent performances include a solo recital at the National Concert Hall and the launch concert for the 2015 Music for Wexford series.

As a composer he has recently completed a solo piano commission for the renowned British pianist Joanna MacGregor to be performed on her forthcoming Irish tour.Other performances include a string quartet for the London based Elysian Quartet performed at the Kinsale Arts Week and a Concerto for Piano and Jazz Ensemble for Therese Fahy and the RIAM jazz ensemble perfromed in Dublin and New York.