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Galway Cathedral Recitals

Music for violin, oboe & organ

Lisa McLoughlin-Gnemmi, violin
Sylvain Gnemmi, oboe
Raymond O'Donnell, organ
Admission €15.00; concessions €10.00
Biographies

Lisa McLoughlin-Gnemmi is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, London, where she received her BMus (Hons) degree. She is a lecturer in violin at the DIT Conservatory for Music and Drama. She gained her masters in Performance at DIT studying under Joanna Matkowska. She has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland under conductors Alexander Anissimov, George Hurst and Gerhardt Markson. She has also worked with  Lyric Opera and the Irish Film Orchestra. She is a regular performer with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Recent performances include a chamber music recital for the commemoration of the 1916 rising at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in the presence of An tUachtarán with ten members of  the RTECO playing a new composition by Simon O’Conor narrated by Olwen Fouere. Other concerts included Back to the Future and The Godfather film music by Nino Rota, The Music of  John Williams film music and RTECO’s recording of the music of  Steve McKeon for the film Norm of the North. Lisa recently performed at the Dublin Metropolis Festival in the RDS and at the Button Factory in Temple Bar with DJ Kormac. Lisa has toured France, South Africa and the USA as solo violinist with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. Solo and chamber music recitals include venues such as DIT, Trinity College Dublin, the Goethe institute, UCD and the John Field Room, and at the Galway Arts Festival. Passionate about teaching as well as performing, Lisa gives masterclasses, prepares students for exams recitals and Dublin's Feis Ceoil. Lisa is married to Sylvain Gnemmi, oboist with the National Symphony Orchestra; they have four children and live in Dublin.

Winner of the  Premier Prix in Oboe and Chamber music at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris (France), Sylvain Gnemmi has been oboist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland since 1998. He has played with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra, Houston (USA) conducted by Carlos Spierer and the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, Sapporo (Japan) with conductor Michael Tilson-Thomas. He has also performed with conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Marek Janowsky, Gerhard Markson and Alexander Annissimov to name but a few. Sylvain also arranges music, and is currently arranging music for his chamber music ensemble Ensemble Rhapsody.

Raymond O'Donnell has been organist & Director of Music at Galway Cathedral since January 1994. A native of Dublin, he studied music and mathematical physics at NUI Maynooth, graduating in 1991 with a first-class honours MA in organ performance and interpretation. Besides playing the organ, his duties in the Cathedral include directing the Cathedral Choir as well as planning and implementing music for the Cathedral liturgy. Between 2006 and 2007 he oversaw a major rebuild of the Cathedral organ, by Irish organ-builder Trevor Crowe, which saw it become what is probably the finest symphonic instrument in Ireland today. In addition to his work in the Cathedral, he has a busy performing career which has seen him give recitals across Europe and in the UK and USA; in the last few years he has given concerts in Germany, Belgium, Poland, Finland, Italy and the UK. In recent years he has returned to NUI Maynooth as a part-time lecturer in counterpoint.

Programme

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Concerto in C minor for oboe & violin, BWV 1060

- Allegro

- Adagio

- Allegro

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

Vocalise, op. 34 no. 14

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Concerto in A minor (originally for violin, strings & continuo), RV 356 op. 3 no. 6, "L'estro armonico"

Allegro

Largo

Presto

Vladimir Vavilov (1925-1973), attr. Giulio Caccini (1551-1618)

Ave Maria

Johann Sebastian Bach

Adagio, from Easter Oratorio, BWV 249

Antonio Vivaldi

Double concert in A minor (originally for violin, strings & continuo), RV 522, op. 3 no. 8

Allegro

Largetto e spirituoso

Allegro

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Pavane, op. 50

Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751)/Remo Giazotto (1910-1998)

Adagio in G minor