July Master Class Series: Cormac Ó hAodáin, French horn
We are delighted to announce a short series of masterclasses open to Irish students this July. While the nation gradually emerges from restrictions, we are pleased to be able to offer these remote masterclasses with exceptional Irish musicians.
Each masterclass will be live streamed on the National Concert Hall’s Youtube, and there will be an opportunity for you to ask all your burning questions to each of the musicians at the end of each of the masterclasses.
Cormac Ó hAodáin was born in Dublin and studied horn with Victor Malirsh at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He was a member of both the Junior and Senior Youth Orchestras of Ireland as well as the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble. From 1990-1994 Cormac studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and from 1994-1995 he undertook postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Between 1993-1996, Cormac represented Ireland in the European Union Youth Orchestra with whom he toured Europe, Russia and South America. On these tours he had the privilege of working with Maestros Kurt Sanderling, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Georges Prêtre, Mstislav Rostropovich and Vladimir Ashkenazy. In 1997 he joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London and in 1999, became a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra, also in London. In 2009, Cormac returned home to join the RTÉ Concert Orchestra as Principal Horn.
Since his return to Ireland, Cormac has established the Cassiopeia Wind Quintet, the Irish Horn Quartet and Cornucopia Brass Ensemble. Cormac joined the teaching staff of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2015 and made his conducting début with the Royal Irish Academy of Music Intermediate Orchestra. In 2016 he completed his Masters in CIT Cork School of Music and began conducting the Lourdes Brass Band in Drogheda. In 2020, Cormac was offered a conducting position with the Dublin Youth Orchestra Concert Orchestra and also was invited to conduct the Dublin Symphony Orchestra in their forthcoming concert.