Lynda O'Connor

Lynda O'Connor

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Lynda O’Connor teaches violin in the RIAM. She began her education as a Suzuki student with Magsie Goor. She subsequently completed a  BA in DIT, where she studied with Ronald Masin and Michael D’Arcy. Subsequent studies include the Artist Certificate in Southern Methodist University, Dallas Texas with Chee Yun Kim and MMusPerf in RIAM with Fionnuala Hunt. 

Other notable masterclasses include teachers like Maurricio Fuks, Midori and Miriam Freed. 

Lynda is an active performer, in great demand as an orchestral leader, chamber musician and soloist. Some of Lynda’s most notable solo performances include: 

  • Mozart Sinfonie Concertante with violist Nobuko Imai and Camerata Ireland.
  • American radio broadcast debut performing Brahms D minor violin piano sonata with Barry Douglas.
  • Bach Double Violin Concerto with Chee Yun Kim and Camerata Ireland.
  • Performing with Gilles Apape at a Menuhin celebratory concert in Germany with International Mahler Orchestra.
  • Performing live on RTE with harpist Aisling Ennis for the Dáil centenary celebrations in 2019. 

As a chamber musician Lynda is very versatile and has enjoyed collaborations with musicians such as John O Conor, Barry Douglas, Allesio Bax, Michael McHale, Celine Byrne, Michael Collins, Michael O Suilleabhain, Kenneth Edge members of the Vanburgh and Pavao quartets and musici Ireland. Lynda is also a full-time member/founder of the Ficino Ensemble, Belisma Trio and Trio Elatha (a traditional Irish music crossover group with Cellist Ailbhe McDonagh and Guitarist Brendan Walsh). 

With these groups Lynda has enjoyed performances across USA, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany, UK and Ireland.  

Lynda O’Connor is in demand as an Orchestral performer both at home and abroad as a principal player, working with orchestras including Plano Symphony Orchestra, International Mahler Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, Wexford Opera Orchestra, The National Orchestra of Ireland, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Lynda has toured internationally with these orchestras including performances in Carnegie Hall, Cadogan Hall as part of the BBC Proms, China, Mexico, Moscow, ST Petersburg, Washington as part of the Smithsonian Festival, and many more. 

With a very keen interest in education Lynda is a member/performs regularly with a number of groups who create workshops for children of all ages. These include: 

  • The National Concert Hall ECO band  
  • Mobile Music Machine 
  • Music for Babies 
  • Whistleblast Quartet 

Lynda enjoys teaching students of all ages. She currently holds three different teaching positions: 

  • RIAM - teaching both second and third level students
  • DIT teaching second and third level students.  
  • Suzuki violin studio in Wexford beginning students as young as 3 set up by Lynda