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The biography
of Róisín Donohoe

Róisín Donohoe

Co-Principal Viola / Voice

Profile for Róisín Donohoe

Róisín Donohoe is a harpist, fiddler and singer from Kinsale, County Cork.

Born into a musical family, Róisín began learning the fiddle at the age of three. As her passion for music continued to grow, so too did her interest to master a broader range of instruments – she is now an accomplished musician on the violin, harp, concertina, viola and voice. Her first solo TV performance was at the age of ten where she sang self-accompanied on harp in a family talent show on TG4, called “Glas Vegas”. Since then she has performed numerous times on TV alongside her brother Darren (also an accomplished fiddler), fellow musicians of the group ‘Lasair’, as well as the Vienna Youth Orchestra (Austrian TV). Róisín has also been interviewed and performed on radio multiple times during her career.

Róisín studied classical violin and viola in the Cork School of Music under Ruxandra Petcu, Adrian Petcu and Constantin Zanidache and was awarded an LTCL with distinction. Róisín was selected as the main singer for the Irish Memory Orchestra’s debut of Mná Brian Ború at the age of 17 ; she also played fiddle and viola during the various performances of Mná Brian Ború in Ireland and South Korea.

Róisín has been a member of many orchestras including the County Cork Junior where she was the leader, County Cork Youth, Cork Youth, Cork School of Music Symphonic, National Youth, Vienna Youth and most recently the IMO. As a member of ‘Lasair’, an Irish traditional group, she also performed in the National Concert Hall. She has won multiple All Ireland Medals in various disciplines at all age levels.

Currently, Róisín Studies in Université Grenoble Alpes in France as part of her Commerce and French degree in UCC. Her Senior All-Ireland medal in 2017 was complemented by one of her Harp students winning the All-Ireland U12 Slow Airs.

Profile for Róisín Donohoe