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Rising Stars Concert: Maria O’Dea & Luke Lally Maguire

Bassoon / Piano

Maria Luke
Maria Luke
Date & Time
Saturday 18th May 2024, 11:30am
Venue
St. Mary's Church, Blessington
Ticket Info
€10 (+ booking fee)
Artists
Maria O’Dea / bassoon
Luke Lally Maguire / piano
Programme
Grovlez Sicilienne et Allegro giocoso
Schumann
Fantasiestucke
Ravel Sonatine
Hindemith Bassoon Sonata
Previn
Bassoon Sonata

Our featured May 2024 Festival Rising Stars are Irish bassoonist Maria O’Dea and pianist Luke Lally Maguire, both of whom are currently studying at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Maria O’Dea has been playing bassoon since age eleven, where she initially studied with John Hearne at TUDublin Conservatoire. She is currently studying in London as an undergraduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tuition of Daniel Jemison. Outside of Guildhall, Maria has immersed herself in both Irish and UK music, performing with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Esker Festival Orchestra, Fidelio Orchestra, and is currently taking part in Ulster Orchestra’s professional experience scheme. In the last year she has had the pleasure of working with Irish Heritage, performing at Wigmore Hall and the Royal Oversea’s League.

Luke Lally Maguire is a London based Irish pianist currently studying at Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he has recently completed his Masters in Performance, and is continuing his studies on the Artist Diploma programme under the tutilege of Carole Presland, Charles Owen and Ronan O’Hora. In January 2023, Luke made his solo recital debut in the Kevin Barry Room at the National Concert Hall and has recently performed in Wigmore Hall as part of the Irish Heritage Music Bursary auditions where he was the recipient of the Music Bursary for Performance valued at £5000.

Maria and Luke have selected a varied programme that shows off just what the beautiful bassoon can do, ranging from Schumann's lyrical Fantasiestucke, to Hindemith's darkly expressive and André Previn's jazz-tinged bassoon sonata.

Maria O’Dea has been playing bassoon since age eleven, where she initially studied with John Hearne at TUDublin Conservatoire. She graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2021 with a Diploma in Music Teaching and Performing. During her studies in Ireland, Maria was a dedicated member to many youth ensembles across Ireland including the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble. She regularly took part in Feis Ceoil, both as an orchestral player and soloist, winning the Senior Woodwind Prize in 2021.

Maria is currently studying in London as an undergraduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tuition of Daniel Jemison, with thanks to the generous support of the Timothy Gee Scholarship. She has had the pleasure to participate in projects inside Guildhall such as Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, Guildhall Opera, UBU Ensemble, and most recently took part in the Milton Court ten year anniversary concert. She is also a member of the Anemoi Quintet.

Outside of Guildhall Maria has immersed herself in both Irish and UK music, performing with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Esker Festival Orchestra, Fidelio Orchestra, and is currently taking part in Ulster Orchestra’s professional experience scheme. In the last year she has had the pleasure of working with Irish Heritage, performing at Wigmore Hall and the Royal Oversea’s League. Maria plays on a 1990s’ Fox Model II Bassoon.

Luke Lally Maguire is a London based pianist currently studying at Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he has recently completed his Masters in Performance. From September 2023, Luke continues his studies at Guildhall on the Artist Diploma programme under the tutilege of Carole Presland, Charles Owen and Ronan O’Hora. He also holds a Bachelor of Music from TUDublin Conservatoire studying with Dr. Mary Lennon.

An experienced performer both in competitions and on the concert platform, Luke is a multiple prize-winner in Ireland’s leading classical music competition, Feis Ceoil for both solo and collaborative performance. In January 2023, Luke made his solo recital debut in the Kevin Barry Room at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Most recently, he performed in Wigmore Hall as part of the Irish Heritage Music Bursary auditions where he was the recipient of the Music Bursary for Performance valued at £5000.

A versatile pianist, Luke is also in demand as an accompanist and chamber musician, frequently performing in collaborations for recitals and concerts. He is a member of Trio Casella, an award winning piano trio based in London. Luke was also a member of the 2020/21 Irish National Opera Studio where he held the position of assistant repetiteur, receiving regular coaching from Richard McGrath and Brenda Hurley.

Luke himself has engaged in several piano masterclasses and lessons with Richard Goode, Paul Lewis, Christopher Elton, Barry Douglas, Vanessa Latarche, Leon McCawley, Hilary Coates and Therese Fahy among others.

Luke is generously supported by the Ireland Funds having been awarded a George Moore Scholarship for the period 2021-23. He is also grateful to receive funding from Help Musicians for the 2023/24 period.