Photo: Adam McDonagh at Samling Artist Programme Masterclass, December 2017. Photo credit: Mark Pinder
Dublin-born pianist Adam McDonagh is a first-class honours performance graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama. He was awarded the Michael McNamara Performance Gold Medal, the Anne Leahy dissertation award, and First Prize in the Ninth National CHMHE Undergraduate Musicology Competition. He studied piano with Mary Lennon, Orla McDonagh, and Christopher Elton, and harpsichord with David Adams in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and is continuing his musical studies this year as a scholar of the University of Cambridge. Generously supported by the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Music Network’s Music Capital Scheme, Adam works extensively as a collaborative pianist and has acted as accompanist in the masterclasses of Patricia Bardon, Ailish Tynan, Ann Murray DBE and Maxim Vengerov. He recently acted as repetiteur and assistant conductor for Opera Collective Ireland’s production of Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave. He has performed orchestral piano with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and SinfoNua, and as a continuo player with the Wexford Festival Orchestra and Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra.
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Samling Institute for Young Artists—through performance and learning opportunities—nurtures young classical singers and piano accompanists. From students to emerging professionals, hundreds of young artists have benefited since the charity was founded in 1996. They see their time with Samling Institute as a springboard and inspiration.