Dina has recently completed the Bachelor of Music degree (performance) in TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama, studying clarinet with Paul Roe. Dina has a broad experience of solo, chamber and orchestral performance, playing with many different ensembles including the DITSO, Wind Ensemble, Sinfonua, Big Bands and various chamber groups. In 2017, she won the Senior Woodwind Feis Ceoil competition, and the DIT Senior Chamber Music Competition. She has a keen interest in contemporary music and has previously performed in the CMC Musical Tales Concerts. This year, Dina took part in the Galway Music Apprentice Ensembles programme with pianist Aoife Moran. Dina also teaches a wide range of students and holds a Diploma in music teaching and performance from the RIAM.
Aoife has completed her BMus degree in May at the TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama (formerly DIT), where she studied with Catherina Lemoni-O’Doherty. She began her studies in the Conservatory at age 8, and since then has won numerous prizes in Feis Ceoil, Sligo Feis Ceoil, and DIT competitions, among others. She has performed as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician in venues such as the John Field Room and the main auditorium, National Concert Hall, Farmleigh House, Carole Nash Hall, Manchester, and Volkhaus Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. She has participated in the International Summer Academy Biel, Switzerland, where she studied with Prof. Christian Favre, and at Chetham’s International Summer School for Pianists, where she studied with Michael Lewin, Norma Fisher, Nelita True, Claudius Tanski and Dina Parakhina. She has also had masterclasses with Darina Gibson, Andrew Ball, Philip Martin, William Fong, Thérèse Fahy, Jeremy Denk, Ronan O’Hora, Helen Krizos, Barry Douglas, Vanessa Latarche, Hilary Coates, and Grzegorz Kurzyński.
As a chamber musician Aoife has performed for Music of Wexford Festival, Contemporary Music Centre’s ‘Musical Tales’ concert series, Kodály Society of Ireland Summer Lunchtime concert, and the ESB Young Platform Series. For the 2018/2019 year, she was selected as part of a clarinet/piano duo with Dina Ryan as a Galway Music Residency Apprentice Ensemble, where they received regular coaching from members of the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet, as well as international visiting artists such as Emma Johnson (clarinet).