David Brophy

BMusPerf (TCD) GradDipMus(DIT) ALCM

Assistant Lecturer

David Brophy

Professional Experience

  • Apprentice Conductor to the National Chamber Choir
  • Assistant Conductor to the RTE National Symphony Orchestra Guest Conductor to the Ulster Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre Company, Lyric Opera, Orchestra of St. Cecilia, VOX21 and Crash Ensemble
  • Pianist/Accompanist/Repetiteur/Vocal Coach throughout Ireland and abroad
  • As a composer, works have been performed at numerous events including the Belfast “Sonorities” Festival.

Performance Activity

  • Performed with numerous international artists including Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Hugh Tinney, Harry Sparnaay, Raphael Wallfisch, Mikhail Rudy, Liam O’Flynn, Riverdance and U2.
  • Performances throughout Ireland, Europe, the USA and Canada.
  • Broadcasts include RTE, BBC, CBC(Canada) and a live EBU broadcast to listeners throughout Europe.
  • Given numerous premieres of works by Irish Composers including Frank Corcoran, Raymond Deane, Ian Wilson, Shaun Davey and Neil Martin.
  • In 2003 conducted the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games and directed the Irish premiere of Steve Reich’s “Music for Eighteen Musicians”.

Scholarly Activity

His post-graduate studies at PhD level are focussed on Performance Practice in Orchestral Music: 1750-1800.

In particular it examines the inter-relationship between instrument development, performer and composer, demonstrating how the evolution of individual instruments with particular performance demands directly influenced the music written during the period.

The research involves a case study of three symphonies by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) showing how the inter-relationship between instrument development, performer and composer played an important role in the composition of this music.

Since January 2007 David has been Principal Conductor with the RTE Concert Orchestra.