Dida Condria wins Ursula Uí Chuinneagáin Bursary for Pianists
The Ursula Uí Chuinneagáin Bursary for young pianists, sponsored by her son, Luke Ó Cuinneagáin, and organised by Luke in collaboration with the Royal Irish Academy of Music , its Director, Deborah Kelleher and Ursula’s daughter, Darina Ní Chuinneagáin, was held on Friday 22nd February.
Attended by 200 guests including the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Minister Josepha Madigan, all were treated to a concert from the four exceptional finalists, Tiffany Qiu, Dida Condria, Joe O’ Grady and Rowel Friers, with Colma Brioscú as compere, followed by a lavish reception at the RIAM.
The purpose of the Bursary is to assist identify and further develop a young pianist that demonstrates exceptional performance, potential and, moreover, innate musicianship. The winner has the opportunity to continue to benefit from world-class specialist support, both at home and abroad and can leverage the funds from the Bursary as appropriate in support of this.
The jury was chaired by one of Ireland’s exceptional musical ambassadors and world renowned concert pianist Barry Douglas, alongside another great ambassador and international concert pianist Finghin Collins, RIAM Governor Dearbhaile O’Donnell and Luke Ó Cuinneagáin, the bursary’s sponsor and representing the Ó Cuinneagáin family.
The winner of the Bursary was Dida Condria (teacher Réamonn Keary) who received €2,000, a bespoke Waterford Crystal glass trophy in the shape of a globe designed by House of Ireland, and a solo concert in the near future.
All photography was undertaken by Eoghan Gahan-Mullen of Sundial Photography.