Robert Finegan is currently a 3rd year student at DIT Conservatory of Music studying music performance with Kevin Hanafin. In 2013 Robert was awarded a scholarship from St. Peter’s Male Voice Choir to study at DIT Conservatory of Music where he was recipient of the School of Excellence Award and went on to win the Macardle Young Classical Musician Award in 2014. In 2017, Robert was awarded 2nd prize in the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year and was also the inaugural winner of the Flax Trust Music Award. This summer Robert will represent Ireland at the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia playing music by contemporary Irish composers.
Other awards include the DIT Briscoe Cup and Concerto competition along with the ESB Feis Ceoil Senior Saxophone and McCullough Cup for Woodwind Concerto. He was also a finalist in the RDS Music Bursary. Robert was selected to perform at the ESB Feis Ceoil Gala Concert in the National Concert Hall. In April 2017 he made his Concerto debut with the DIT Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Brophy.
In addition to solo performances, Robert has performed with SinfoNua Orchestra, Hibernian Orchestra, Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra, and the Ulster Youth Orchestra.
Luke Lally Maguire (20) has been playing piano since the age of thirteen. He is a second year BMus Performance student in DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama studying under Mary Lennon. An experienced performer both in competitions and on the concert platform, Luke recently performed in the 2018 Feis Ceol in which his successes allowed him to participate in the Morris Grant Bursary. He has performed several times in the National Concert Hall as an accompanist most recently at the Feis Ceol Gala Concert and at an ensembles concert organised by the DIT Conservatory Keyboard Department.
He has also participated in several masterclasses with Barry Douglas, Helen Krizos and most recently, Vanessa Latarche.
Luke and Robert have performed duets together in the National Concert Hall as well as in the ESB Feis Ceol in which they were the winners of the 2018 Irish Contemporary Music Cup.