Aoife Ní Bhríain - 1st Violin/Leader
Aoife began studying the violin at an early age with teacher Maria Kelemen and played regularly as a member of Young European Strings. She has since studied with Maeve Broderick in Dublin and Constantin Serban in Nantes, France. She has played regularly as soloist since she was 9 years old with many orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTE Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, RIAM Chamber Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, the HMT Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, The newly formed Esker Festival Youth Orchestra and l’Orchestre de Chambre d’Ariege.
Aoife has won competitions for both classical and traditional Irish music including 7 All Ireland Titles at the Fleadh Cheoil, Bonn Oir Sheáin Uí Riada 2010, Fiddler of Dooney 2009, various prizes at the ESB Feis Ceoil in Ireland, Sligo Feis Ceoil Instrumental Bursary 2010, the Bill Whealen IMRO Bursary 2010,The Alan Gillespie Ulster Bank Prize as part of the Camerata Ireland Young Musician of the Year Award 2011, the Campus Internazionale da Musica, Pontino Festival Young Musician Award and 2nd prize at the Concours International du Violon Marie Cantagrill. Most recently she has won a TG4 Gradam Ceoil, the most prestigious honour for Irish musicians for her input on the CD “Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts” that she recorded with her father Mick O’ Brien and flautist Emer Mayock.
In recent years Aoife has worked with many new composers in Ireland and as a result has performed World Premieres in Ireland and abroad, including a recording with Grammy Award winning producer Judith Sherman. She has toured with the European Union Youth Orchestra and in 2013 performed and toured as a member of the Leipzig Mendelssohn Quartet with the reknowned pianist Eliso Virsaladze. She is currently a student of Prof. Mariana Sirbu in the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, Felix Mendelssohn, Leipzig.