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Master Classes

  Education Series

The International Education series offers unprecedented access for Irish music students to some of the best musicians in the world by linking with the International Concert Series, the National Concert Hall’s flagship performance series. Selected master classes and other educational activities from each of the strands of the International Concert Series provide our students with the opportunity to work with the best orchestras, choirs, singers, pianists and other instrumentalists.

Vocal Master Class with Celine Byrne

Wednesday, 25th January 2 - 5pm

We are delighted to announce that acclaimed lyric soprano Celine Byrne will be giving a master class to up and coming singers on Wednesday 25th January in the newly refurbished Kevin Barry Recital Room.

Celine Byrne’s compelling and thrilling performances have won her the  universal  acclaim  of  audiences  and  critics  across  the  opera  world. Noted  for  the  ease  with  which  she  manages  to  combine  power  and confidence  with  delicate  and  heartfelt  intensity,  Celine’s  velvety, elegant  voice  has  marked  her  out  for  stunning  performances.

Celine  received her Masters  in  Music from the Royal  Irish Academy  of  Music  in  2007,  where  she  studied with Dr. Veronica Dunne, also receiving the RIAM award for outstanding achievement. In addition she has an honour Music Degree from the Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin, where she was awarded the college Gold Medal for excellence. She has received coaching at the National Opera Studio of London and has studied with Christa Ludwig at the Vienna Staatsoper.  In  2007  Celine  was  awarded  the  First  Prize  and Gold  Medal  at  the  Maria  Callas  Grand  Prix,  Athens.  Other  awards  include  the  Margaret  Burke-Sheridan Gold  Medal  in  2009,  the  William  Young  Prize  at  the  Veronica  Dunne  International  Singing  Competition, Dublin  2007.  In  2007  Celine  was  awarded  the  First  Prize  and  Gold  Medal  at  the  Maria  Callas  Grand  Prix, Athens. Other awards include the Margaret Burke-Sheridan Gold Medal in 2009 for her contribution to the Arts and the ‘Brabants  Dagblad  Press  Prize’ at  the IVC  International  Singing  Competition in s’Hertogenbosch,  The Netherlands.

Cello Workshop with Rushad Eggleston

Saturday 11th February

The Studio

Virtuoso cellist, improviser and singer Rushad Eggleston presents a workshop for advanced cellists (including students, emerging and established professionals) in which he explores his unique approach to music making.

A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston, Eggleston made his large-scale recording debut with his self-titled Compass Records release with Fiddlers 4, which was nominated for a 2002 Grammy. Eggleston has toured extensively with Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, Fiddler's 4, and the alternative folk/bluegrass group he helped found, Crooked Still.  Crooked Still released two CDs with Eggleston, one in 2004 and the second in 2006, before leaving the group in 2007.

Eggleston has been an instructor at Mark O'Connor's fiddle camps and conferences from 2001 to 2007, as well as at Mike Block's String Camp in 2012 and 2013.  He has also taught Cello at Maine Fiddle Camp at camp NEOFA.

Eggleston released his first full-length solo album, titled The Rushad Eggleston Show, in September 2013. This was followed by Very Advanced Song Machine in 2015.
Known for his unconventional approach to the instrument, Eggleston has carved an individual furrow in contemporary music, and one which is fascinating to cellists of any genre.

To be considered to participate in this workshop please email education@nch.ie no later than January 26th with your musical CV, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Observer tickets: €5
Participant fee: €20

Chris Thile: Performance Workshop

Tuesday, 21st March

Widely regarded as one of the most interesting and inventive musicians and composers of his generation, Chris Thile of Punch Brothers has changed the mandolin forever. He returns to the National Concert Hall performing original compositions, as well as contemporary, traditional and classical works.

In a unique educational opportunity, Chris will conduct a performance workshop, during which he will discuss and demonstrate his approach to composing and performing, and offer feedback and advice to participants.  He will also discuss the differences between traditional and contemporary music styles, and how he approaches performance across the wide variety of genres within which he operates.
A child prodigy, Thile first rose to fame as a member of Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek, with whom he released three albums and sold two million records. He has gone on to enjoy critical acclaim with Punch Brothers, formed in 2006, with The Times saying - ‘Their songs glitter and soar, capable of pushing beyond traditional bluegrass into alternative rock.’  
This event is aimed at music students and musicians, and offers a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the musical philosophy of one of the most exciting performers in music today.

Tickets: €10

Piano Master Class with Leif Ove Andsnes

Saturday 1st April, 10.00am

In association with Dublin Master Classes, the National Concert Hall is delighted to announce that Leif Ove Andsnes will give a master class to up and coming piano students in advance of his concert with Marc-Andre Hamelin.

With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, the celebrated Norwegian pianist has won acclaim worldwide, giving recitals and playing concertos in the world’s leading concert halls and with its foremost orchestras, besides being an active recording artist. An avid chamber musician, he is the founding director of the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival, was co-artistic director of the Risør Festival of Chamber Music for nearly two decades, and served as music director of California’s Ojai Music Festival in 2012. He was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in July 2013, and received an honorary doctorate from New York’s Juilliard School in May 2016.

To be considered for participation in this master class, please send your musical CVs to education@nch.ie along with the repertoire you would present in the master class no later than Friday 3rd March. 

Observer Ticket: €5
Participant Fee: €50

Presented by the National Concert Hall Education, Community and Outreach in association with Dublin Master Classes

Violin Master Class with Maxim Vengerov

Saturday 8th April, 11.00am

Universally hailed as one of the world’s finest musicians, and often referred to as the greatest living string player in the world today, Grammy award winner Maxim Vengerov enjoys international acclaim as a virtuoso violinist and is one of the most in-demand soloists in all of classical music.

It is our great pleasure to welcome him back to the National Concert Hall to give this master class to four up and coming young violin players.

To be considered for participation in this master class, please send your musical CVs to education@nch.ie along with the repertoire (at least 2 pieces) you would like to present in the master class no later than Friday 3rd March.

Observer Ticket: €5
Participant Fee: €50

The Tenebrae Effect

Wednesday, 10th May, 11.30am

Join Tenebrae for an engaging and informative choral workshop, led by Artistic Director, Nigel Short. Tenebrae's inspirational workshop method, The Tenebrae Effect, provides an insight into the elements that make Tenebrae’s sound and interpretation to music so unique. Workshop participants are instilled with skills essential to a Tenebrae performance through sessions designed to challenge and advance every participant.

The workshop will focus on Rachmaninoff’s Bogorditse Devo and Vzbrannoy voyevode. Participants will be encouraged to prepare music in advance of the workshop.
In addition to this; the participants will have the chance to perform alongside Tenebrae in rehearsal. It makes for an inspiring day for any singer and adds an important educational element to any festival or school programme.

The Tenebrae Effect is designed to challenge and advance every participant. Workshop sessions can be applied to singers and choirs of any ability, but most value is brought to performers with prior experience in choral singing who wish to improve within smaller, focused groups.

11:30-13:30 Workshop: The Tenebrae Effect – with Nigel Short and four members of Tenebrae.
14:45-15:45 Rehearsal with full Tenebrae choir – workshop participants are invited to sing first piece with Tenebrae and observe the rest of the rehearsal.

We advise that most value is brought to performers with prior experience in choral singing who wish to improve within smaller, focused groups. To obtain the most from the afternoon, participants should either be very familiar with the scores or be comfortable sight readers. Scores will be provided by Tenebrae on the day.

Tickets: €35