Principal Vocalist - Deputy Fiddle/Viola/Harp
Róisín Donohoe is the Principal Vocalist of the Irish Memory Orchestra. She is also deputy fiddle, viola and harp player. She was appointed to this position as a core member of the orchestra in October 2016 following a very successful apprenticeship of 2 years where her stunning voice and musicianship has impressed audiences from Clare to Korea.
During this time she has had a lead role in all performances of Dave Flynn & Pádraic Ó Beirn's sean-nós opera Mná Brian Boru including the World Premiere in St. Flannan's Cathedral, Killaloe, Co. Clare in 2014 and performances in South Korea during the Sori International Music Festival in 2015.
Róisín's personal bio follows:
Róisín Donohoe is a harpist, fiddle player, violist and singer from Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland.
Born into a musical family, Róisín began learning the fiddle from the age of three. Her passion for music continued to grow as she began to play the harp, concertina, viola and sing. Her first solo TV performance was at the age of ten where she sang self-accompanied on harp. Since then she has performed numerous times on TV alongside her brother Darren, an accomplished fiddle player, fellow musicians of the group 'Lasair', as well as the Vienna Youth Orchestra. Róisín has also been interviewed and performed on radio multiple times, the most recent being when she won the All-Ireland Fleadh U18 for fiddle Slow Airs in County Sligo, Ireland.
Róisín studied classical violin and viola in the Cork School of Music under Ruxandra Petcu, Adrian Petcu and Constantin Zanidache and along with being awarded multiple scholarships for classical violin and viola, she was recently awarded a distinction for her LTCL exam. Róisín was selected as the main singer for the Irish Memory Orchestra's premiere of Mná Brian Ború at the age of seventeen and also began playing the viola and fiddle with them. Her performances in both Mná Brian Ború and in South Korea as solo singer with the IMO were very well received.
RóisIn has been a member of many orchestras including the County Cork Junior which she lead at age 9, until she progressed to the County Cork Youth, Cork Youth, Cork School of Music Symphonic, National Youth, Vienna Youth and Irish Memory Orchestra, of which she is the youngest member! She was also a member of 'Lasair', an Irish traditional group who performed in the National Concert Hall.
Róisín is a multiple prizewinner at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann for harp, fiddle and singing. She's had various masterclasses with people such as Bruno Giuranna for viola, Krzysztof Chorzelski and the Artis Quartet for quartet and Ion Ivan Roncea for harp.
Currently, Róisín is a second year Commerce and French student in UCC. She was also very recently shortlisted for the Quercus Scholarship.