Born in Dublin in 1971, Cormac O’hAodáin studied horn with Victor Malirsh at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He continued his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Between 1993 and 1996 Cormac represented Ireland in the European Union Youth Orchestra, working with such eminent maestros as Carlo Maria Giulini, Kurt Sanderling, Georges Prêtre, Bernard Haitink, Mstislav Rostropovich and Vladimir Ashkenazy. In 1997 he joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Daniele Gatti, also working with Yuri Temirkanov, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Berglund, Sir Yehudi Menuhin and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies amongst others. In 1999 Cormac moved to the Philharmonia Orchestra, performing with many of the world’s leading conductors, such as Wolfgang Sawallisch, Evgeny Svetlanov, James Levine, Sir Charles Mackerras, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christian Thielemann, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and Lorin Maazel. With these orchestras Cormac has toured extensively throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, North and South America, the Near and Far East, Australia and New Zealand. Since 2009 Cormac has been a member of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. In 2010 he performed Aloys Fleischmann’s Cornucopia for Solo Horn and Orchestra with the RTÉ CO as part of the Fleischmann Centenary year celebrations and in 2012 performed Richard Strauss’s 1st Horn Concerto with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Cormac has considerable chamber music experience and is a founding member of Cassiopeia Winds Wind Quintet, Vox Merus Brass Quintet and Musici Ireland Chamber Ensemble.