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Cillian O’Breachain
BMus (Hons)

Cillian is a graduate of Trinity College and the Royal Irish Academy of Music where he qualified with a Bachelor of Musician degree. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studies Violin under the tutelage of Chris George. He has performed with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with them as part of their 2017 Mentorship Scheme. In summer 2016 he toured Scotland with the Kellie Consort, Scotland’s only pre-professional Baroque ensemble. Cillian has toured Ireland with Degani Sinfonia and performs with the RTE Concert Orchestra. He also performs with Camerata Ireland with whom he toured to France, South America and China under the direction of renowned pianist Barry Douglas. Cillian has also toured the UK and Italy with Raucous Rossini.

He performs as violinist with Kirkos Ensemble, a group dedicated to the performance of contemporary music, and has performed as soloist in the National Concert Hall with the Irish Association of Youth Orchestra’s Festival Orchestra where he premiered a work by Sam Perkin.

As a chamber musician, Cillian frequently performs in Ireland and Scotland. He has performed at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bantry, with the Elm Quartet, receiving master-classes from Tamsin Waley Cohen, Vanburgh Quartet and Chiroscuro Quartet. He also performed in the 2016 Aberdeen International Youth Festival with Dohnanyi String Trio, with whom he performs as an artist on Scotland’s Live Music Now Scheme.

Cillian is a grateful recipient of the 2016 Arts Council Travel and Training Award.

  • If I was an animal I'd like to be a Lion.
  • My favourite children’s book is Harry Potter.
  • 3 scoops of ice cream: Chocolate Chip, Cookie Dough and Cherry
  • Favourite performance: Performing in Carnegie Hall with the Royal Irish Academy of Music Chamber orchestra in 2011

Cillian teaches violin.

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