The Competitors

John Rousseau

John Rousseau was four when he began his musical studies taking private piano lessons. After being inspired by a percussion performance, he joined the Lucan School of Music taking drum-kit lessons at 9 years old. As his dedication towards music…
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Tomás Pujol Owens

Tomás Pujol Owens is in his third year of the Music Performance degree at DIT, studying violin. He has played in multiple orchestral projects, such as the Hibernian Orchestra, Fishamble Orchestra, and Esker festival Orchestra, as well as playing in…
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Ellen Mullen

Ellen Mullen is a final year student at Queen’s University, Belfast. Part of her degree is a strong focus on performance, studying cornet/trumpet under Paul Young. She has also this year achieved her DipLCM in Piano. Coming from a family…
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Luke Lally Maguire

Luke Lally Maguire has been playing piano since the age of thirteen. He is a third year BMus Performance student in DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama studying under Dr. Mary Lennon. An experienced performer both in competitions and on…
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Bethany Maginnes

Bethany Maginnes is a 21-year-old pianist who grew up in Portadown with her mother and sister, with her passion for music blossoming from pre-school age. She began piano lessons after watching and copying her mother and sister playing in the…
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Gráinne Ní Luasa

Gráinne Ní Luasa is a 4th year BMus student at CIT Cork School of Music. She began her piano studies with Gabriela Mayer at the age of six, later studying with Jan Čáp and, currently, Mary Beattie. From a young…
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Tadgh Kinsella

Tadhg Kinsella started playing piano the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) at age 7 and later received a scholarship to study cello. In his early teens, he began studying percussion at the RIAM and is currently a final year…
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Cathal Killeen

Cathal Killeen began his clarinet studies at age eleven with John Finucane at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where he was awarded several annual scholarships. He was also the recipient of five High Achiever Awards for grade examination results,…
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John Kerr

John Kerr  began his musical training in his hometown of Omagh, Co.Tyrone with Simon and has since gone on to study at the Royal Irish Academy of Music initially with Professor James Cavanagh and currently with Colm Byrne and David…
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Laoise Kavanagh

  Laoise Kavanagh is a clarinettist from North Belfast and is currently in her final year studying Music at Queen’s University Belfast. Laoise began learning clarinet aged twelve and now studies under the tutelage of Paul Schumann, formerly of the…
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