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Veronica McSwiney

Veronica McSwiney

Veronica McSwiney has been performing around the world for over fifty years. She commenced her studies in Dublin at the age of seven and later studied at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg under Bruno Seidlhofer and later with Ilona Kabos in London  She played her first concerto with the RTESO at the tender age of fourteen, and after her Wigmore Hall debut in London, her reputation spread far beyond her native Ireland.

She was the first Irish artist to be invited by Gosconcert to perform in the Soviet Union in 1975 and following the success of that tour she was invited back on numerous occasions, playing concertos with various orchestras and also in Solo Recital throughout the USSR.  She toured on many occasions in the U.S.A  both as soloist and in recitals with Bernadette Greevy, the wonderful Irish Contralto.  She has played with all the major Orchestras in the U.K including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the Manchester Camerata and the English Sinfonia etc.  She broadcasted frequently on BBC and various Radio Stations throughout Europe.  She was a very popular lecturer in Schools and Colleges throughout Ireland and subsequently was offered her own TV series in Irish Television in the 1980.

Veronica was always a very keen chamber musician and accompanist and was Music Director of the Irish National Opera from 1978 to 1980. She performed in recital with many other famous musicians, such as James Galway and Nicolai Gedda to name but a few.  She played as soloist regularly with our National Symphony Orchestra and her concerto repertoire is vast.  She was invited many times by Richard Baker, the well known BBC broadcaster, to join him on his Music Cruises and played at many music Festivals throughout the UK with him in programmes dedicated to Chopin and Edvard Grieg. She now plays frequently with her violinist daughter Aisling O’Dea. Aisling is one of Ireland’s talented musicians now based in Edinburgh where she is a member of the renowned Scottish Chamber Orchestra. They also play together in the Eblana Trio.

Amongst her recordings are the 18 Nocturnes of the Irish composer John Field and these, on the Claddagh label, are considered to be the finest available today.