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