Meadhbh O’Rourke




Ireland    Age: 26

O. Messiaen
Le Merle Noir

S. Reich
Vermont Counterpoint

L. Liebermann
Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op.23, 2nd Mvmt


Meadhbh has recently concluded her MMus studies in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where she was an 1848 Scholar studying under the tutelage of Professor William Dowdall and Sinéad Farrell.

She has featured regularly as a guest flute and piccolo player with many of Irelands leading orchestras and ensembles, such as the National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and Crash Ensemble.

Meadhbh was awarded the Maura Dowdall Concerto Competition 1st Prize for her performance of the Ibert Flute Concerto, and the Brian Dunning Memorial Prize for the highest placing Woodwind or Brass performance. This will result in a solo engagement with the National Symphony of Orchestra in 2023 in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Other past solo engagements include performing the Poulenc Sonata with the Orlando Chamber Orchestra, and Telemann Concerto in A Major from Tafelmusik for Traverso Flute, Violin and Cello with the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra.

In 2018, Meadhbh graduated at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, concurrently participating in mentorship schemes with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Irish Composer Collective, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) Side-by-Side scheme. In 2019-2020 Meadhbh studied in the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Marieke Schneemann.

She is twice a recipient of the Hope Scott Trust Award and received a Special Mention in the British Flute Society Flute competition 2019. She is a multiple prize winner at the ESB Feis Ceoil and was subsequently invited to play as part of the Young Platform Series in the John Field Room.