Ireland Age: 24
|Grace graduated in 2021 with a First-Class Honours BMus from MTU Cork School of Music. She is continuing her cello studies with Christopher Marwood in the Cork School of Music Master of Arts in Performance programme. She has studied with Claes Gunnarsson at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg through the Erasmus exchange programme. She has won numerous national prizes, including Feis Maitiú’s advanced recital and cello concerto competitions, Feis Ceoil’s senior cello and the CSM senior recital. Earlier this year, Grace was awarded the MTU Arts Office Bursary Award. She was a finalist in the National Concert Hall “Young Musician’s Award” for strings 2015 and was selected to perform at Feis Ceoil’s Young Platform series at the National Concert Hall (2014, 2018 and 2019). Grace has participated in projects with the National Concert Hall, the Irish Chamber Orchestra including the Academos Project (2018) and the Irish National Opera. She has performed in masterclasses with Natalie Clein, Hannah Roberts, Maria Kliegel and Daniel Muller-Schott.
Grace was a member of the Doolan String Quartet, winner of both the Feis Ceoil Chamber Music Cup and the CSM Vanbrugh Chamber Music Competition in 2018. The quartet performed at the National Concert Hall Feis Ceoil Gala Concert and at the RDS Rising Stars series. They also participated in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry in 2018 and 2019. Grace was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and the Swedish National Orchestral Academy. Grace currently serves as principal cellist of the CSM Symphony Orchestra.
Grace will be commencing her final year of the MA in Music Performance studies at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg, Sweden next August under Claes Gunnarsson and Johan Stern.