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Chamber music at Chambres!

Why go to the Quigley Concert at Slieve Gullion Courtyard (former home of Chambre) this evening (Sunday) at 8.00 pm ? 

This is why!


Since winning the RTE Musician of the Future competition in 1996,  Dermot Dunne has become a regular performer throughout Ireland as a soloist and chamber musician, appearing at all major venues and festivals including the NCH, the Helix, Ulster Hall, Belfast Opera House, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Galway Arts Festival, Proms in the Park, Vogler Spring Festival and West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

He has performed as soloist with the Ulster Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra and Irish Chamber Orchestra – with whom he has toured as both soloist and conductor.

Equally well known internationally, Dermot has performed in England, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia and Ukraine. The styles he performs range from baroque to modern and from Bulgarian folk to Argentinean – which Dermot regularly performs with Latin group Lunfardia, who released their first CD to great acclaim in 2008.

Born in Dublin, he commenced accordion studies with Paddy Kavanagh, later studied with Patricia Kavanagh and then at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Kiev with V.V. Besfamilnoff.


Adrian Mantu, was born in Bucharest in 1975 and is a graduate of the University of Music in Bucharest. His studies continued at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Royal Academy of Music in London and European Academy of Music in Aix-en-Provence where he studied with Stefan Popov, Zara Nelsova, Radu Aldulescu, Laurence Lesser and Marin Cazacu.

He took part in various string quartet master classes with members of the Amadeus, Alban Berg, Hagen and Emerson Quartets. In 1999 the ConTempo Quartet was offered a Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where each member coached chamber music groups. In 2003, after an international audition, Adrian and his colleagues from ConTempo became Galway’s Quartet-in-Residence, a job sponsored by the National University of Ireland, Galway, the National Irish Language TV Channel TG4 & the Arts Council. Adrian has won many national competitions all over Romania and two prizes in International Cello Competitions in Bucharest and Sofia. As a member of the ConTempo String Quartet he has won a record of 13 international prizes in competitions such as London, Munich, Hamburg, Rome, Graz, Berlin & Prague.

Adrian has a busy schedule of more than 60 concerts a year and he has performed, on his own or with the ConTempo Quartet, all over the world including Concerts as Soloist with Orchestras in Germany, Italy, Romania, Austria, France, Canada, Bulgaria & UK and Chamber Music Recitals in Wigmore Hall and St.Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Berliner Philarmonik, Waterfront in Belfast, Max Joseph Saal in Munich, Theatre Chatelet and Festival Clasique-au-Vert in Paris, Auditorium in Brussels, Gedai University in Tokio, Opera House in Tel-Aviv, Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, King’s Lynn Festival (where ConTempo played with London’s Royal Philarmonic Orchestra Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro) Dublin, Toronto, Madrid, Rome and Bucharest. Adrian and his colleagues from ConTempo had the honour to perform for personalities such us the Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela, Prince Charles and the EU Ministers. As a member of the ConTempo Quartet Adrian recorded for BBC, RTE, Lyric FM, Radio France Musique, ORF, TVR and for the German CD Company DeutscheSchalplatten.

ConTempo recorded also the music for Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’s TV Drama Band of Brothers. Adrian composed, arranged and recorded the music for the "Trop tard" movie (who was selected for the Cannes Festival in France) and for the "Dama cu camelii" play for the National Theatre in Bucharest. "Wonderful cellist" – The Times Sep.2000 "Adrian is just great" – Norbert Brainin from the Amadeus Quartet Aug.98 "..the Romanian cellist Adrian Mantu is sensational…" – Aachenen Nachnichten "the cellist Adrian Mantu commands, with an excellent self-control, a vivid sensitiveness, a musical imagination which is functionally exhibited" – Curentul "..the baritonal voice of the soloist cello came to light as a compact, round, expressive and shaded sound, Adrian Mantu proving a fluent and intelligent phrasing."

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