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I am a harpist studying at conservatoire in London. I am entering my final (4th) year of a music performance degree. Prior to this I attended Chetham’s school of music. I was a awarded a distinction in my ABRSM Diploma in 2017.
Name: Maria May McNamee
21 years old
Music education (chronological)
-2008-2011 Clarsach harp from age 9 with traditional Irish and classical lessons (played other musical instruments before beginning the harp)
-2011-2017 Chetham’s School of Music boarder in Manchester from age 12 to 18 (2011-2017), studying with Gabriella Dall’Ollio for
the first year and Marie Leenhardt for the remaining 5 years.
-2017 Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance from 2017, currently in third year of undergraduate study with Gabriella Dall’Ollio and Frances Kelly
-2010 Grade 4 traditional Irish harp
-Several prizes in Newry Musical Feis (pre Chetham’s)
-2014 Grade 8 with Distinction
-2016 Runner up in Chester Young Musician of the Year
-2016 Featured in Chetham's showcase
-Offered scholarships to Trinity Laban conservatoire of Music and Dance, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal Northern College of Music.
-2017 DipABRSM with Dinstinction
-2017 1st prize in the Fiona Ord chamber music competition playing Ravel’s Introduction and allegro
-2017 awarded Ida Carroll bursary by Chetham’s School of Music
-2017 nominated by Trinity Laban to audition for an Irish heritage bursary which involved a solo performance in Wigmore Hall, which led to a solo recital as part of Blackwater Velley Opera Festival for June 2018.
-2019 EUYO (European Union Youth Orchestra) Reserve
-2019 member of YMSO (Young musicians symphony orchestra)
-2020 GMJO reserve ( Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester)
Young musicians symphony orchestra (YMSO)
Chetham's Symphony Orchestra
Ulster Youth orchestra, Principal Harp 2017 and August 2018
City of Birmingham Youth Orchestra (2017-19)
Amadeus Academy-summer 2018
Kings college London symphony orchestra (KCLSO) June 2018
- Reserve for EUYO ( European Union Youth Orchestra) and GMJO (Gustav Mahler Judenorchester)
-Venues include: Royal festival hall, Symphony Hall,Bridgewater hall, Ulster Hall Lichfield Cathedral, Slovak Radio Hall Cheltenham Cathedral, Manchester Cathedral, Stoller Hall and St. John's Smith Square.
-Conductors include: Paul Mann, Jac Van Steen, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Franz Anton Krager, Ilyich Rivas, Michael Seale, Stephen Threlfall.
August 2018 Tour to Vienna and Bratislava with UYO
-Flute and harp duo
-Horn and harp duo
-Ravel Introduction and Allegro, 1st prize in Fiona Ord Chamber music competition, and a performance in the new Stoller Hall in 2017.
-Harp duo with a performance at the Admirals house in Greenwich
-Cello and harp
-Flute viola and Harp trio
-2011-17 Regular lunchtime recitals at Chetham’s school of music, including -Baronial hall & Carol Nash hall.
-Featured in Chetham’s showcase concert in 2016.
-2017 Recital in Chester for Chester young Musician prize winners.
-2017 onwards - regular recitals in Trinity Laban’s surrounding venues such as ORNC Chapel and the Queens house.
-2017 performance at Wigmore hall as part of an audition for the Irish heritage bursary, nominated by Trinity Laban.
-2018 performance at the Admirals house in Greenwich.
-June 2018 Recital at Blackwater Valley Opera Festival in Ireland.
-July 2018 as a soloist in Mozart’s flute and Harp concerto 1st and 3rd movement at Amadeus Academy.
-2019 performance at Salvi Music London
Master classes and lessons from world renowned harpists:
Elizabeth Fontan Binoche
Marie Pierre Langlamet (Principal harpist of the Berlin Philharmonic)
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