Semi-Finalists

Louise Sullivan

 Irish hornist Louise Sullivan grew up on the Beara Peninsula in County Kerry and has just completed her BMus degree at the CIT Cork School of Music, graduating with First Class Honours. During her time in CIT, she studied with…
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Kieran Sharkey

Kieran Sharkey is a Dublin-based Trombonist from Donegal. He is currently in his final year at TU Dublin Conservatory of Music studying BMus Performance in Trombone under the tutelage of Mr. Jonathan Clifford. He began taking trombone lessons with his…
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Molly O’Shea

Molly O’Shea completed her Bachelor of Music at the CIT Cork School of Music in June 2019, graduating with First Class Honours. Born in Boston, Molly began playing the violin at the age of 3 through the Suzuki Method. She…
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David Mitchell

David Mitchell has just completed a Bachelor of Music from Queen’s University, Belfast. As a member of the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra, I performed in the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and toured with the orchestra, performing in…
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Connor McQuillan

Connor McQuillan has completed a Bachelor of Music Degree at Queen’s University Belfast. He received a first class score in his end of year recital and enjoys playing a range of repertoire, particularly Classical period piano sonatas. He has received…
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JJ McNamara

JJ McNamara is a young County Meath virtuoso pianist. Although only 20, he has already performed as soloist with international orchestras and won several major national competitions most notably the ESB Feis Ceoil Concerto Competition (with dad Frank on 2nd…
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David McElroy

David McElroy graduated in 2017 with a First Class Honours BMus from CIT Cork School of Music with the title “Student of the Year” awarded as the highest placed fourth year student and also taking the Alan Cutts prize for…
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Órán Halligan

Órán Halligan is a Dublin-based pianist, born in 1995. He began taking piano lessons at the age of 8. In 2011 he became a part-time student of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where he began his studies with Professor…
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Ben Gannon

Irish oboist Ben Gannon made his solo debut playing the Marcello oboe concerto with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta in Carnegie Hall in May 2017. Ben is currently pursuing his BA in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of…
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Robert Finegan

Robert Finegan is a young saxophonist based in the North-East region of Ireland who has performed all over the island of Ireland and Europe. In 2019, he completed the BA in Music Performance in DIT Conservatory of Music achieving a…
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