Marion Hyland began her musical career studying piano with Maura Russell at the College of Music Dublin and went on to study classical guitar with Andrew Robinson at The Royal Irish Academy of Music. After a period of further study with Timothy Kain and Gordon Crosskey, she took up the post of classical guitar teacher at the RIAM and has held the position for over thirty years. Throughout that time she has tirelessly promoted the guitar through master classes, chamber groups and workshops and is responsible for the setting up of the third level programme for guitar at the RIAM.
Marion has had many teaching successes with prize winners in the Feis Ceoil, RTÉ Young Musician of the Future and Yamaha Bursary to name but a few. Her students have played in master class with many of the world’s leading guitarists eg John Williams, David Russell, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Manuel Barrueco and Xuefei Yang.
Marion has always been interested in the guitar as a chamber and ensemble instrument and is currently the director of GuitaRIAM, the Academy guitar orchestra. Performances include Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint at The Great Music in Irish Houses Festival at NCH 2011 and The Guitar Festival of Ireland 2012, where they gave the first Irish performance of Concierto en Si by French guitarist and composer Roland Dyens. Dyens composed April Song, commissioned for GuitaRIAM by The Guitar Festival of Ireland and conducted its first performance at the Wood Quay Venue Dublin.
A former Feis Ceoil prize winner, Marion is a string committee member of the Feis Ceoil and is also on the team of the Guitar Festival of Ireland.