Sundays@Noon Online: Deirdre Moynihan soprano, Alec O'Leary guitar

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Deirdre Moynihan soprano

Alec O’Leary guitar


Federico Garcia Lorca - From 'Canciones Espanolas Antiguas' : Anda, Jaleo, Los Cuatros Muleros, Las Morillas de Jaén, Las Tres Hojas

Eduardo Sainz de la Maza - Campanas del Alba

Joaquín Rodrigo - Tres Canciones Españolas: De Ronda, Adela, En Jerez de la Frontera

Federico Garcia Lorca - From 'Canciones Espanolas Antiguas'; Sevillanas del Siglo XVIII, Los Pelegrinitos, Zorongo

Isaac Albeniz - Asturias, Capricho Catalan

Federico Garcia Lorca - From 'Canciones Espanolas Antiguas': El Café de Chinitas, Nana de Sevilla, Los Reyes de las Baraja, La Tarara

Deirdre Moynihan (Soprano) and Alec O’Leary (Guitar) are recognised as one of Ireland’s leading duos. They are an engaging and energetic ensemble with a unique performance style that is charming yet dynamic. Having sculpted their individual musical identities for many years as soloists, they came together in 2010 to perform as part of the Galway Music Residency concert series. Since then they have played many high profile concerts nationally and on the international stage. They have commissioned new pieces and arranged many works for voice and guitar including traditional Irish songs, film music and well known repertoire from Spain, Italy and beyond. The Moynihan O’Leary duo premiered the first ever Irish language song cycle for voice and guitar in The John Field Room of the National Concert Hall. The work, entitled “Fuil is Uisce” (Blood and Water), was specially written for the duo by composer Ian Wilson. London’s Classical Guitar Magazine has referred to the duo as an “authentic and musically profound ensemble” while the duo’s CD release, ‘From The Olive Tree’, was described, by the Sunday Business Post, as “captivating...songs sung with striking clarity accompanied by superbly understated guitar”. The CD features many new arrangements for voice and guitar such as Garcia Lorca’s Canciones Españolas Antiguas, Roy Orbison’s Llorando and Nino Rota’s Brucia la Terra (from the Godfather III).

As a soprano soloist Deirdre Moynihan has performed with many chamber, orchestral, operatic and choral ensembles both on the International stage and throughout Ireland. Her music career, to date, has seen her perform in Canada, U.S.A, Israel, Brazil, Lebanon, Japan, China and throughout Europe. A baroque specialist, Deirdre’s CD of Vivaldi Cantatas was released by Naxos to widespread critical acclaim. International Record Review wrote “Moynihan’s singing goes straight to the heart. Unfailingly beautiful in tone”, Musical Opinion described the CD as “excellent” while Music Web International complimented a voice “perfectly suited to baroque music”. Early music performance highlights include Handel’s “Alexander’s Feast”, Boccherini’s “Stabat Mater”, Handel’s “Laudate Pueri Dominum”, Scarlatti’s “Stabat Mater”, Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, Haydn’s “Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo”, Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah.Deirdre also embraces the challenge of contemporary compositions and has premiered works by IanWilson, Brian Irvine, Rob Canning, Raymond Deane, Marian Ingoldsby, Bill Whelan, Ben Dwyer and Hugh O’ Neill. She has been a soloist at Dublin’s New Music Festival (Andriessen: De Staat conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw) and The Living Music Festival in works by Messiaen, Steve Reich, Dusapin, Tippett and Arvo Part’s Stabat Mater. She has also worked with conductors such as Christophe Rousset, Jeffery Skidmore, John Wilson, Bo Holten. Deirdre has sung as a soloist with, amongst others, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir Ireland and Crash Ensemble. She holds an MA in Vocal Performance from the Cork School of Music. Deirdre is the founder of the popular choral music website and she is also the Programmes Manager for Music Network.

Alec O’Leary was born with a guitar in his hands into a family of musicians and artists. Naturally his love for music grew with him from an early age. He was guided by his father and grand-father who played guitar in the style of Segovia and Bream. Subsequently he went on to study guitar at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama with Irish guitarist John Feeley. During this period Alec regularly travelled abroad for masterclasses with some of the world’s most distinguished musicians including Manuel Barreuco, Scott Tennant, Sergio Assad, Roberto Aussel and Roland Dyens. Alec has also studied in Naples with Maestro Aniello Desiderio aided by the Arts Council of Ireland. Today Alec is one of the most talented, charismatic and creative guitarists performing to international critical acclaim, winning praise for his impressive technique, outstanding musicianship, unique educational vision and inspired concert programming.As an active performer, arranger, educator and a committed concert promoter, Alec is co-founder and director of one of Europe’s most prestigious guitar festivals, the Guitar Festival of Ireland. Along with a busy performing schedule, festival commitments, and teaching posts Alec is equally dedicated to making bespoke high-end guitars with his father, world-renowned luthier Michael J. O’Leary. Alec has also commissioned many new works for guitar from some of the instrument’s most celebrated composers such as Leo Brouwer, Roland Dyens and Sergio Assad. Alec teaches guitar at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin where he was appointed Guitar Lecture in 2018. His teaching style is lively and positive in nature, always encouraging creativity and critical thinking while empowering the student with the musical and technical abilities they need to achieve their goals.

"Alec O'Leary's guitar playing is never less than superb" - Classical Guitar Magazine, USA.

"Easily one of Ireland's most talented and accomplished classical guitarists" - Hotpress.