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Cliodna Shanahan

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Irish pianist Cliodna Shanahan began playing the piano when she was five years old. She attended the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey from 1997-2002. She performed her first concerto at age eleven; subsequent concerto performances have included performances with the Vietnemese NSO and the Guildford SO. Cliodna has performed in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Purcell Room.

Competition successes include multiple first prizes at Siemens Feis Ceoil, Dublin, Fitzwilton Trust, Jellinek and Arts Council of Ireland Awards, and the Belfast Classical Music Bursary. In July 2006, Cliodna was the recipient of the Sarah Mundlak Memorial Award for piano, awarded to the pianist who achieves the highest final recital mark at the Royal College of Music. Cliodna regularly performs chamber music and has recently embarked on a piano duo partnership which has become an integral part of her performing schedule. She has performed on television and radio and is featured on a Young Pianist Foundation CD recorded live at The Hague. Cliodna is currently studying with Professors Ruth Nye, Noriko Kawai and David Graham at the Royal College of Music, London. She is most grateful to the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaion for their generous support.

For City Showcase 2007, Cliodna performed with Aoife Nic Athlaoich.

The musicians playing are students and graduates of the Royal College of Music. Graduates of the RCM are now in every major opera company and orchestra in this country, and many enjoy international careers. The RCM's musical activities include opera productions, orchestral concerts with conductors including Bernard Haitink and Sir Roger Norrington, workshops, masterclasses, chamber music concerts and recitals, many of which are open to the public. The RCM is on Prince Consort Road, just five minutes walk from the V&A For further details please telephone 020 7589 3643 or log onto www.rcm.ac.uk

Biog as provided for City Showcase 2007

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