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Ailbhe McDonagh

Irish cellist, Ailbhe McDonagh, performs throughout Ireland and internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, Ireland, she studied with cellists Steven Doane, Nora Gilleese, Aisling Drury-Byrne and William Butt. McDonagh gave her debut recital with celebrated Irish pianist John O’Conor at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland.

Over the past ten years, she has performed throughout Europe, Asia and the USA and has appeared as a concerto soloist numerous times all over Ireland. Performances include concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Great Irish Houses Festival, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival and performances on Irish national television and radio.

She has recently formed a new duo, “The McDonagh Sisters” with pianist Orla McDonagh. Keenly interested in contemporary music, McDonagh collaborates with composers and other artists worldwide, through recording projects and premieres. A composer and arranger in her own right, she is most well known in Ireland through her publications for the RIAM Local Centre Examinations. McDonagh joined the cello faculty of the RIAM in 2010.

"It's a Cello Thing" was recorded in Cauldron Studios, Dublin with pianist Orla McDonagh in 2012.

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