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The Music Composition Centre and Music Department are delighted to announce that acclaimed musicians William Dowdall (flute), Paul Roe (clarinet) and Richard O'Donnell (percussion) are TCD's new Musicians in Residence.

The Music Composition Centre and Music Department are delighted to announce that acclaimed musicians William Dowdall (flute), Paul Roe (clarinet) and Richard O'Donnell (percussion) are TCD's new Musicians in Residence. The musicians will give a series of masterclasses to undergraduate composers about writing for their instruments and will showcase them contemporary techniques. In addition they will conduct developmental workshops and undergraduate composers will collaborate with the musicians in order to create new pieces. Richard, Paul and Bill, in addition to their busy performing careers, are also teaching faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM). This residency fosters even further the collaboration between the Music Department and our associate partner RIAM.


William Dowdall


Dublin born William Dowdall, one of Ireland's leading musicians, combines a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. He trained in Cleveland, Ohio, where his teachers included Maurice Sharp of the Cleveland Orchestra, and his interest in new music was sparked by Donald Erb, composer in residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music. On returning to Ireland at the age of 21 he was appointed principal flute of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. From 1979 to 2004 he was principal flute of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. He was appointed professor of flute at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2004. In addition to a wide ranging repertoire, his interest in contemporary music led him to develop a workshop based on contemporary solo flute music by Irish composers, which has been presented in Europe, United States, New Zealand, and Australia to considerable acclaim. He has introduced Irish audiences to new works from the international repertoire, and has actively promoted the music of Irish composers abroad many of whom have written works for him. As a solo artist he has made critically-acclaimed recordings for Goasco, Naxos, Marco Polo, Black Box, and Celestial Harmonies labels. He has recently recorded a CD of Irish and New Zealand composers from 1980 to 2010 on the Atoll label which has received international acclaim.


Paul Roe


Paul Roe is a musician with particular interests in performance, education and coaching/mentoring. He has a PhD in Performance Practice from the University of York, a Masters Degree in Community Music from the University of Limerick and is a Fellow of Trinity College, London. He has an Advanced Diploma in Executive Coaching and as a member of the International Coaching Federation he works with a wide range of individuals as coach/mentor. He is a performer (clarinet and bass clarinet) of international repute and was Associate Principal Clarinet of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland from 1987-2000. He has been a member of Concorde Contemporary Music Ensemble since 1989 and has given solo, ensemble and orchestral performances throughout Europe, Asia and America. Paul has performed with many distinguished musicians and ensembles including, Con Tempo String Quartet (Romania/Ireland), Crash Ensemble (Ireland), George Lewis (Trombone-USA), Harry Sparnaay (Bass Clarinet-Holland), Garth Knox (Viola-France), Lenneke Ruiten (Soprano-Holland) and Finghin Collins (Piano-Ireland). He is a member of several chamber music groups, with whom he plays a wide range of music from classical to contemporary repertoire. In recent years he has performed with these groups in Chicago, Atlanta, Vilnius, Paris, Rotterdam, York, London, Barcelona, Ljubljana, Bratislava and Riga. He is a keen advocate for the composition and performance of contemporary music and as a member of Concorde regularly performs new music both nationally and internationally. In 2008 Paul received a Fulbright Scholars award to study Klezmer performance at Mannes College of Music, New York, where he worked with the internationally acclaimed clarinettist David Krakauer. Paul's career profile in music is broad based with ongoing commitments in performance, teaching, examining and community music. He is a member of the teaching staff at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama. He also works in the area of collaborative arts practice for a variety of organizations including Dublin City Council, Music Network, the National Youth Orchestra and the Arts Council of Ireland. Paul's career is distinguished by an ongoing interest in creative development. He has a variety of performance and education projects developing on a continuous basis with support regularly provided by the Arts Council of Ireland. Paul is Ireland's National Chairperson for the International Clarinet Association for whom he regularly writes music reviews.


Richard O'Donnell


Richard O'Donnell is the Section Leader, Principal Percussion of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra since 1997. Previous to this, he was a member of the RTE Concert Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, and the Basque National Orchestra in San Sebastian, Spain. He has appeared as an orchestral soloist on numerous occasions with each of these orchestras and with these orchestras alone has performed on over 100 commercial CD's. Outside of the orchestra, Richard has been particularly active in the field of contemporary music. He has been a member of Concorde for over 25 years and in addition has performed with the Crash Ensemble, Vox 21, as well as various freelance ensembles. With Concorde he has participated on over 15 international tours and 20 national tours and has appeared on numerous CD's as a percussionist and Conductor. In the field of education, Richard is currently Senior Lecturer of Percussion at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where in addition to teaching, he also directs the percussion ensemble. As well as commissioning over 15 new Irish works for percussion ensemble, Richard has led the ensemble on 16 international tours to the USA, South America and Europe. In addition Richard is the Regular tutor for the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. Many of Richard's students have particularly successful careers in music and currently have positions in the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, the Army #1 Band, the Garda Band and in orchestras in Germany and South America. Richard holds a M Mus from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and a B Mus from Indiana University in the USA.