Andreea Banciu & Aileen Cahill Viola and Piano Recital
Dr Andreea BANCIU is the violist/founder of the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet. She is a lecturer in viola at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin and a chamber music visiting teacher at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. In 2016 Andreea was awarded a Degree of Doctor of Music (honoris causa) by the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). She has won 14 international prizes in Chamber Music Competitions and has had the honour of performing in front of great personalities (Michael D Higgins, Prince Charles, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, Nobel Prize Winners, EU Ministers and Hollywood Stars). Her recordings can be found on the Universal, Sony, Quartz, Deutsche Schallplatten & NMC labels. Her latest album New Airs went straight to no. 3 in the iTunes classical charts.
Aileen Cahill initially took piano lessons in her native county Sligo where, in 2003, she won ‘Most Promising Musician of the Year’ at the Sligo Feis Ceoil. She went on to study at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she graduated with a Masters in Solo Piano under Dr. John O'Conor. Continuing her studies at the Conservatory of Music and Drama D.I.T., she graduated with a Masters in piano accompaniment. Eager to expand her skills, Aileen studied organ under Úna Russell at the Conservatory of Music and Drama D.I.T. and was awarded the Sidney Greig cup for organ playing in 2013. Aileen is now a part-time lecturer in Piano at the Conservatory of Music and Drama, D.I.T, and a full-time repetiteur and tutor at Maynooth University.