“The most impressive moments in these two performances were provided by the long-breathed phrasing of Lynda O’Connor.”

Michael Dervan  The Irish Times

Lynda O'Connor, violinist – Photo Frances Marshall

Lynda O’Connor is one of the greatest Irish violinists of her generation. Showing particularly early promise she made her debut solo performance at the age of four in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, which began her International career as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader.

Lynda’s soloist career has included many memorable performances including Mozart Sinfonie Concertante with Nobuko Imai and Bach Double Violin Concerto with Chee-Yun Kim alongside Camerata Ireland. In 2016 she performed as a soloist with Gilles Apap and the International Mahler Orchestra at a Menuhin Tribute concert in Frankfurt. Lynda has also toured France with the Wexford Sinfonia performing Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. More recent performances include Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Beethoven, Bruch and Mozart Violin Concertos with Camerata Ireland, SinfoNua, Dublin Orchestral Players, Greystones Orchestra and the Orchestra of Ireland. In 2018/2019, Lynda has enjoyed touring Ireland with her concert programme of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Bill Whelan’s Inishlacken, performing in Castletown House and Drogheda Classical Music Series with the Wolfgang Ensemble and violinist Mia Cooper joining her for Whelan.

As a chamber musician, Lynda has collaborated with a dazzling array of artists including Barry Douglas, John O’Conor, Michael McHale, Finghin Collins, Alessio Bax, Celine Byrne, Fionnuala Hunt, members of the Vanbrugh Quartet and members of the Pavão Quartet. In 2011, Lynda made her debut USA broadcast in Boston with Barry Douglas. Lynda is a full time/founding member of a number of chamber ensembles including Ficino Ensemble, a large chamber group established by viola player Nathan Sherman, Belisama Trio with cellist Ailbhe McDonagh and pianist Orla McDonagh, Trio Elatha, a classical/traditional crossover group with guitarist Brendan Walsh and cellist Ailbhe McDonagh, and a duo with pianist Alexander Bernstein. With these groups Lynda has enjoyed performances across USA, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany, UK and Ireland.

Lynda is in demand as an orchestral performer, both at home and abroad, as a principal player, working with the International Mahler Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony, The Wexford Opera Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Ireland, the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra, Plano Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has toured internationally with these orchestras, including performances in Carnegie Hall, Cadogan Hall as part of the BBC Proms, China, Mexico, Washington as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris as resident artists with Camerata Ireland, St Petersburg, Moscow, Belgium, Germany, Warsaw as part of the International Beethoven Festival, Spain, Shanghai, Beijing and Finland as part of the Naantali Music Festival.

Lynda also records regularly for film, TV and radio, having worked with the Irish Film Orchestra, and a host of well-known international recording artists including U2, Michael Bublé, Katie Melua, Celtic Woman, Celtic Thunder, Van Morrison, Sharon Shannon, Daniel O’Donnell, The Priests, Joe Dolan, The Blizzards, Declan O’Rourke, Hudson Taylor and Marti Pellow.

With a keen interest in education, Lynda is a member of the National Concert Hall ECO band who perform education workshops regularly for children of all ages. She also performs with Mobile Music Machine, the brain child of cellist Gerald Peregrine, who travel around the country performing in schools educating classes about string instruments, classical music and the elements of performing in an ensemble. Lynda has a private Suzuki teaching studio at home and also holds a teaching position in the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, where she teaches both second and third level violin students.

Recent and upcoming engagements include Lynda’s debut performance with RTÉ National Concert Orchestra under the baton of David Brophy in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, performances in the Boyne Music Festival, a national tour with soprano Celine Byrne, a performance at Great Music in Irish Houses series with pianist John O’Conor, a duo recital with cellist Ailbhe McDonagh, a series of concerts with Ficino Ensemble as part of the National String Quartet Foundation and touring with her traditional group The Wild Turkeys in Serbia. Lynda will record and release her debut solo album in late 2020.


Upcoming engagements, solo recitals, national and international tours.

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