Cellist, Annette Cleary, completed her D Mus (Perf) at the RIAM in 2010. During her academic studies she explored the works for cello by contemporary Irish composers, both editing the scores and aiming to record as many of these interesting and varied compositions as possible. A new release of the complete works for cello and piano by Tom Cullivan has just been launched (Annette Cleary, cello and Padhraic O’Cuinneagain, piano).
The cello sonatas by Geminiani are another area of interest and have been researched and performed by Annette, who is a founding member of Sonamus, an ensemble dedicated to exploring Irish music in its various forms and across historical periods. Their launch concert was in the National Concert Hall in 2015 and their debut album ‘Music of Ireland’, was released in 2015. It was album of the week on Lyric FM’s ‘Blue of the Night’ in November 2015. The ensemble has been featured on TG4, RTÉ’s ‘Sunday Miscellany’, Radio na Gaeltachta and Lyric FM’s ‘Grace Notes’. Sonamus has a unique blend of instruments allowing for the innovative interpretation and research of Irish music from across the centuries.
More recently Annette has broadened her research to include romantic works for cello by composers who had a connection with the RIAM: Esposito, Twelvetrees and Schofield, and has presented a paper on this topic at the 2013 New Crops, New Fields conference in Queens University, Belfast.