Student Successes

Throughout its 150-year history, the Academy has nurtured and developed the talents of many of Ireland’s finest musicians who have gone on not only to enrich Irish musical life in all its forms but also to act with great success as musical ambassadors abroad.

In recent years students of the Academy have garnered prizes from some of the world’s most prestigious competitions including the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition, the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, the China International Vocal Competition, the Leeds International Piano Competition and the Dublin International Piano Competition.

On the international stage former Academy students are currently members of such leading orchestras as the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, as well as opera houses from the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden to La Scala, Milan.

Representative Roll of Honour:

Claudia Boyle, soprano, First Prize Maria Callas Grand Prix

Celine Byrne, soprano, First Prize Maria Callas Grand Prix

Finghin Collins, piano, First Prize Clara Haskil Competition

Tara Erraught, mezzo-soprano, lead roles Bavarian State Opera and Glyndebourne Festival

Sinéad Farrell, piccolo RTĖ National Symphony Orchestra

Kate Hearne, First Prize Montréal International Recorder Competition

Emer McDonough, principal flute, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Roger Moffatt, percussionist, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland

Sarah Moffatt, violin, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Sixteen

Niamh Molloy, cello, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Breffni O’Byrne, First Prize Gunter Bialas Composition Competition

Sarah Quinn, violin, London Symphony Orchestra

Soo Jung Ann, First Prize Beethoven International Piano Competition

Robin Tritschler, tenor, Third Prize Internationaal Vocalisten Concours, ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Ailish Tynan, soprano, First Prize, Rosenblatt Recital Prize, Cardiff Singer of the World