Lynda O'Connor, Conservatory of Music and Drama student, wins competition at internationally renowned masterclass

DIT student Lynda O'Connor, who studies violin in the Conservatory of Music and Drama, was one of thirteen young Irish musicians who took part in a series of masterclasses as part of Camerata Ireland's annual music festival which took place in Clandeboye last week. Camerata Ireland is a Chamber Orchestra, made up of Irish musicians who currently play in orchestras all over the world.  It was set up in 1999 by Barry Douglas, the  internationally acclaimed pianist from Belfast.  The thirteen students who participated are considered to be of exceptional talent, and they were brought to Clandeboye where they were tutored by the visiting artists as part of Camerta Ireland's commitment to, and investment in, the musical future of Ireland.

According to Barry Douglas, 'My ardent desire in creating Camerata Ireland was to encourage and nurture the talent that comes from Ireland; to play at home and abroad with wonderful Irish musicians and to create opportunities for new and exciting young musical talent.'

Lynda O'Connor, who studies with Michael D'Arcy in DIT's Conservatory of Music and Drama, not only participated in the masterclass series, but was also acclaimed as the winner of the competition that took place at the end of the week.  She previously has won many awards including the Briscoe Cup and the Arthur Nachstern Bursary for young musicians.  A Bank of Ireland 'Millennium Scholar', her many awards at Feis Ceoil include the Aileen Gore Cup and the Arthur Catterall Cup. She has played with many orchestras including the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Young European Strings.

The joint patrons of Camerata Ireland are Mary McAleese, President of Ireland and Her Majesty the Queen.

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