Veronica McSwiney Announced as Recipient of RIAM Fellowship Honoris Causa
Having been selected by the RIAM Board of Governors, pianist Veronica McSwiney is to be the next recipient of the Fellowship Honoris Causa—the highest accolade the RIAM can bestow—honouring her outstanding contribution to music in Ireland throughout her career. Veronica served as Music Director of the Irish National Opera Company for 12 years. She is a founding member of the Eblana Ensemble, and was notably the first Irish pianist to be invited on a recital tour of the USSR in 1975.
Veronica joins the company of just 58 fellow awardees since the RIAM's foundation in 1848, including renowned composers, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Olivier Messiaen; mezzo-soprano, Ann Murray DBE; flautist, Sir James Galway; and the Director of London’s Wigmore Hall, John Gilhooly OBE.
The announcement was made online by RIAM Director Deborah Kelleher on Wednesday 29th April, Veronica's 80th birthday, and was marked with an online concert by Veronica and her daughter, violinist Aisling O'Dea, as part of the 'RIAM—Live from the Living Room' series.
We look forward to celebrating this tremendous musician with her family and friends later this year.