Dermot Dunne

Accordionist Dermot Dunne has established himself as one of the leading Irish musicians of his generation. As a young student he was a frequent competition prize-winner both in Ireland and abroad but it was after winning the 1996 RTE Musician of the Future competition that he came to wide public recognition. After completing his studies in 2001 at the Conservatory in Kiev, Ukraine, he returned to Ireland where he pursues an active career as both a performer and a lecturer at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

He has appeared at most Irish venues and festivals including the National Concert Hall, Vicar Street, Belfast Opera House and The BBC Last Night at the Proms - to a live audience of over 10,000, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Great Music in Irish Houses Festival and Internationally at Carnegie Hall NYC, Kennedy Centre Washington DC, Beijing University Concert Hall and the Esplanade Singapore.  As well as collaborating with many leading Irish performers Dermot has performed chamber music with some of Europe's leading international stars including Natalie Clein, Daniel Muller-Schott, Pekka Kuusisto and Ivan Monighetti. He has often performed as a guest soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and in 2010 toured with them extensively in Ireland, China and Singapore.

For over 20 years he has pioneered his instrument in Ireland – collaborating with many Irish composers and premiering 40 of the 54 works written for the accordion by Irish composers since 1995. He has been involved in more than 10 CD recordings. He has also arranged countless works both for solo accordion and for ensembles including accordion.

He has performed with Concorde Contemporary Music Ensemble since 2001 including performances of Irish contemporary music in England, France, Spain, Denmark, Slovenia and Macedonia. He has performed with Crash Ensemble at the Edinburgh Festival, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Carnegie Hall, New York and the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C. He recorded three CDs with Argentinean singer and guitarist Ariel Hernandez and their group Lunfardia. In 2015 Dermot performed a duo recital with Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto for the opening of the new Ordway concert hall in St. Paul, Minnesota. In recent years he has performed frequently with Katherine Hunka on violin and Malachy Robinson on Double bass in a group called The Far Flung Trio which has been hugely successful at venues throughout Ireland.