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 continued her studies with Máire Ní Cheallacháin in Cork and later with Ruxandra Petcu-Colan. Molly travelled on Erasmus to Namur in Belgium where she spent three years studying with Marc Danel and graduated with Distinction from the Performance Masters programme in June 2018. Following her studies in Belgium, Molly returned to Cork to complete her BMus with Elizabeth Charleson.
Molly is a keen orchestral musician and has performed with Opera Royal de Wallonie, La Philharmonie de Liege, SinfoNua, the Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy and is leader of the CIT Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra. For the 2018/19 season, Molly was a successful participant in the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra mentoring scheme.
Molly is also an avid chamber musician and has studied under the guidance of Adrian Petcu, Greg Ellis, Marc Danel, Simon Aspell, Chris Marwood and Michael McHale. She performed Beethoven’s String Quintet in E flat major at the National Concert Hall Chamber Music Gathering in January 2019 alongside Co-Leader of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Elaine Clark. In November 2018, Molly was chosen to perform in the Philharmonie de Liege as part of a Young Chamber Musician’s Programme. She performed in the National String Quartet Foundation Spring concert series and in the West Cork Chamber Music Fringe Festival 2019 with the Vanir Quartet, with whom she plays first violin.