Ross Lyness

Royal Irish Academy of Music Appoints Ross Lyness as Head of Junior RIAM

Published: 2nd Oct, 2020

The Royal Irish Academy of Music has announced today the appointment of Ross Lyness as Head of Junior RIAM.  The new position has been created to support the RIAM's ambitious plans to enhance its organisational structure and provision of excellent music education across its Exams Division, Junior Conservatoire and Tertiary Programmes.  In his role as Head of Junior RIAM, Ross will have overall responsibility of the RIAM’s current student body of 1,500 school age students who attend the RIAM for weekly lessons, and will lead in developing, implementing and managing the RIAM’s strategy for pre-college provision across its in-house tuition and outreach.

A law graduate of the University of Bristol, Ross also holds a Masters in performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  As a freelance trombonist, Ross works internationally, as well as regularly performing, recording and touring with all of the professional orchestras in Ireland.   He is currently General Manager of Camerata Ireland with responsibilities for strategy, administration, finance, and fundraising. Alongside international touring and Camerata’s residency in the NCH, milestone achievements with this ensemble include the creation and project management of ‘Clandeboye at Home’ - an online edition of the Clandeboye Festival including the streaming of the complete Beethoven Piano Concerti (directed by Barry Douglas), and developing Camerata Ireland's outreach and education programmes. As Festival Director, Ross was responsible for the 'Camerata Ireland Academy at Clandeboye,’ an intensive programme of masterclasses and performance for young musicians.

Speaking about the new appointment, RIAM Director, Deborah Kelleher said: “I am delighted to welcome Ross Lyness to the RIAM at an exciting time of change and development for our organisation.  I am confident that his passion for music education and wide-ranging experience will serve both him and the Academy extremely well in this key and significant new appointment for our institution”.

Speaking of his appointment as Head of Junior RIAM, Ross Lyness said: “I am delighted to be joining the RIAM at this exciting and pivotal stage in its rich history. With the redevelopment of the campus at Westland Row comes the opportunity for further innovation, expansion and inclusivity with an overarching message of hope for the Arts sector as a whole during these challenging times."

Ross Lyness takes up the appointment on Monday, November 2nd, 2020.