Colma Brioscu

Colma Brioscú was a student of John O’Conor and Valerie Walker at the RIAM. Following her graduation from University College Dublin she was awarded a French Government Scholarship to study in Paris with Theodore Paraskivesco and Annie d’Arco.  During her time at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris she won Second Prize in the Concours International des Femmes Artistes Musiciennes.

Since returning to Dublin in 1983 she has concentrated on her teaching career, joining the staff of the RIAM in 1986. Since 1984 her students have won both solo and duet competitions at the Feis Ceoil in addition to other competitions around the country including the Arklow Festival, Sligo Feis Ceoil, RIAM, Kilcoole, Newpark, Sutton and Drogheda Music Festivals.  Numerous students have also been awarded scholarships from the RIAM and received permanent tsb High Achievers’ Awards from the RIAM Local Centre Examination System.

She has adjudicated at Festivals including Newpark, Kells, Aravon, Midleton, Arklow and Feis Ceoil and has been an examiner for the Local Centre Examination System of the RIAM for over 25 years, holding the position of Senior Examiner from 1997 until 2000. She was involved with the Donegal Summer School from 1989 until 2002 and has given masterclasses throughout the country.

Colma has been a regular performer at the National Concert Hall since 1986, as well as other venues including the Hugh Lane Gallery, the National Gallery, of Ireland and Dublin Castle.  She has also performed as part of the series of concerts “Musique d’Eté” in Nice and at Morges in Switzerland. She has broadcast on both RTÉ Radio and Television and has recorded many of the miniature works for piano on CD.  Colma successfully completed a two-year taught MA Degree in Humanities (Music) in St Patrick College, Drumcondra, in 2009.

Colma is currently the RIAM’s Head of Keyboard.