Kate O’Shea

Kate O’Shea

Violin

Ireland    Age:20

R. Schumann
Violin Sonata No.1 in A minor, Op.105, 1st Mvmnt: Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck

J. S. Bach
Violin Sonata No.3 in C major, BWV 1005, 3rd Mvmnt: Largo

W. Lutoslawski
Subito for violin and piano (1992)

A. Beach
Romance for Violin and Piano, Op. 23

P. I. Tchaikovsky
Valse-Scherzo in C major, Op.34

Kate is a violin student of Katherine Hunka, and is in her third year of her BMus Degree at MTU Cork School of Music. She is currently spending her Erasmus year in the IMEP in Namur, studying with Marc Danel.

Kate has achieved success in various competitions over the years, including winning the Houlihan Cup, Shanahan Cup and John O’Sullivan Memorial Cup in Feis Maitiu. She was awarded runner-up in the Arthur Catterall Cup in Feis Ceoil in March 2023. In 2018, she won the CSM Junior Concerto Competition, and more recently won the CSM Advanced Recital Competition in 2023. Kate has also been a runner-up in both the CSM Senior Recital (2022) and Senior Concerto Competition (2023). She was awarded the Highest-Placed 1st Year Bachelor of Music student in 2022/23. She has performed in masterclasses for musicians such as Maria Milstein, Sarah Kapustin, Jakub Jakowicz, Florian Donderer, Gilles Milet, Gilles Apap, Richard Ireland, Michael Waterman, Mia Cooper and Kenneth Rice.

Kate is an avid chamber musician, and has performed in masterclasses and concerts as part of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and Ortús Chamber Music Festival, most recently with the Aradia Quartet, but also with Quay Quartet and Thalia Quartet. In collaboration with pianist Anna Jansson, Kate was the recipient of the Elsner Memorial Cup at the ESB Feis Ceoil, as well as winning the CSM Vanbrugh Chamber Music Competition, both in 2023.

Kate’s passion for orchestral playing began when she joined the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, and since then has performed with a myriad of ensembles over the years. In September 2022, she performed in the Varazdin Baroque Evenings Festival in Croatia with the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra of Ireland. She was selected to participate in the Royal Concertgebouworkest Young, an intensive programme for gifted European musicians in the Netherlands. Under the baton of Daniel Harding, she performed concerts in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw as well as the Kölner Philharmonie. Kate currently leads the CSM Symphony Orchestra.

Kate is equally at home playing traditional music on both the fiddle and the concertina. She has accumulated many medals over the years at a provincial and national level at the Fleadh Cheoil. She has performed in festivals throughout Europe, and this year, she was invited to play at the Irish embassy in Cairo for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. In August 2022, Kate gave the world premiere of Sean Doherty’s Fiddler of Dooney, a work for solo fiddle and choir, with the Irish Youth Choir, performing in venues in Cork, Limerick and Dublin.