Laoise O’Brien

photoLaoise O'Brien has a growing reputation as a virtuosic performer and imaginative concert programmer. 

Laoise studied recorder at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam having completed an undergraduate degree on concert flute at the College of Music in Dublin. She also holds a Masters degree in Performance and Musicology from NUI Maynooth. 
 
Laoise enjoys both solo and ensemble playing and performs repertoire from the 12th to the 21st centuries. She has performed and recorded with all the major early music groups in Ireland including the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Camerata Kilkenny, and the Irish Consort and appears regularly in concert series and festivals throughout the country. She has also performed with international ensembles such as the Royal Wind Music, Amsterdam and is currently exploring instrumental dance music with The Gregory Walkers
 
In 2011 Laoise released the album 'How Happy for the Little Birds' as part of a collaborative project with the artist Lorna Donlon. The CD, along with the live concert programme, has received international radio play.
 
Laoise's second album 'Sonnets for the Cradle', once again a collaboration with Lorna Donlon, was released in October 2012 and was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland through the Music Network recording scheme. It was the subject of an hour-long feature which was broadcast on RTE Lyric FM on Christmas Eve, 2012. The feature received a bronze award for 'Best Music Special' at the 2013 New York Festivals International Radio Awards. A live performance of the programme which includes imagery and spoken narrative premiered at the 2013 Galway Early Music Festival.
 
Laoise is particularly passionate about education and raising the profile of the recorder in Ireland. She lectures at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where she teaches students from the age of six up to post-graduate level. In addition, she is in regular demand as an examiner, adjudicator & tutor.