Trumpet Masterclass with Colm Byrne

Trumpet Masterclass with Colm Byrne

Tuesday, 1 June 2021, 2.00pm

Each masterclass will be live streamed on the National Concert Hall’s YouTube and Facebook channels giving aspiring musicians access to tuition and further development. There will also be an opportunity to engage with the tutors via live chat.

Each masterclass will last approx 2 hours, followed by a brief Q&A with the tutor.

Colm began playing the cornet at the age of six. His father, a trombone and piano player taught him first and then sent him to hislocal brass band in Navan . Three years later he attended the Royal Irish Academy of Music to study the trumpet with James Cavanagh. Under Jimmy’s guidance, Colm won junior and senior Feis Ceoil and also the Walton cup for Brass. He took part in ten years of ensemble playing including the RIAM ensembles, National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, Irish Youth Symphonic Wind Ensemble and European Wind Ensemble. Aged fifteen Colm performed the Hummel Trumpet Concerto with the RTE Concert Orchestra for TV, broadcast by the European Broadcast Union.

To further his studies, Colm moved to Glasgow and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where he studied trumpet with John Gracie, principal trumpet with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He finished his Degree and took with him the Governors Recital Prize for Brass, numerous chamber music prizes and a scholarship to Aspen School of Music. Returning to Ireland Colm began his professional career as a teacher and freelance trumpeter. He has performed with both RTE Orchestra’s, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Orchestra of Saint Cecilia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

He has played solo works with the Ruckert Chamber Orchestra, Irish Youth Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the RIAM Symphony and Baroque Orchestras, the RTE Concert Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. He has played many Trumpet/Organ recitals through Ireland and Scotland. Colm has also recorded extensively on numerous movie scores, adverts and jingles, and an array of albums of different genre with many groups. For over 15 years Colm recorded regularly with the Irish Film Orchestra. Following a return to part-time study Colm obtained his masters degree in music from Dublin City University and the RIAM where he has taught trumpet since 1998. In April of 1999 he joined the brass section of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland as co-principal trumpet.

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