Aoife Ní Bhriain

Aoife Ní Bhriain


Aoife began studying the classical violin at an early age with the Young European Strings School of Music in Dublin, Ireland. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 9 with the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra and has since gone on the perform as soloist and record with various orchestras in Europe and Asia including the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Esker Festival Orchestra, l’Orchestre de Chambre Ariege, MuKo Orchester Leipzig and HMT Felix Mendelssohn Symphony Orchestra.

She performs regularly with the Goodman Trio, Crash Ensemble, Neil O Loghlin’s Cuar, Caerus Ensemble, the Irish Memory Orchestra and has a duo with Spanish pianist Álvaro Baltanás.

Aoife has won prizes for both Irish traditional and classical music including All Ireland Titles at the Fleadh Cheoil, Bonn Óir Sheáin Uí Riada, The Fiddler of Dooney, a TG4 Gradam Ceoil Award, Camerata Ireland Young Musician of the Year Award, the Campus Internazionale da Musica, Pontino Festival Young Musician Award and 2nd Prize at the Concours International du Violon Marie Cantagrill and 3rd Prize at the Vasco Abadjiev International Violin Competition. Aoife is also honoured to have been nominated onto the board of Directors of the Irish Traditional Music Archives as of 2016. Other awards include the Bill Whelan Bursary for exceptional musicians, the Prix d’Or from the Conservatiore de Pays de Loire, Nantes, an award from Music Network Ireland for the purchase of an instrument, Leipzig Live Music Now Scholarship with the Osmosis Quartet and a scholarship awarded by Herr Dr. Bunge for further studies in Leipzig.

Aoife has collaborated with musicians from all genres including singer songwriter and Oscar winner Tim Robbins and his band of Rogues, Kate St John, Declan O Rourke, Camille O Sullivan and Kris Drever. Traditional artists Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill, Mick O Brien and Emer Mayock, Julie Fowlis, Padraig Rynne, John Sheahan and many others. She has performed chamber music with acclaimed classical pianist Eliso Virsaladze, Barry Douglas, Mariana Sirbu, Massimo Paris, Finghin Collins, Tatjiana Masurenku, Frank Reinecke, Andrei Banciu and recorded and collaborated with Golden Globe nominee Brian Byrne and also Grammy Award winning producer Judith Sherman. Aoife is also a past member of the Irish National Youth Orchestra and EUYO.

Aoife recently completed her Masters Degree in HMT Leipzig Germany having completed her Bachelor under the guidance of Prof. Mariana Sirbu.