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Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

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Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin is one of Ireland’s best know musicians. He has over ten CD recordings on release of his own compositions and arrangements performed by Irish Chamber Orchestra under his direction.

As a performer he has given concerts across the world including the National Concert Hall (Dublin), Barbican Centre (London), Chicago Symphony Hall, Skirball Centre (New York), and TATA Theatre (Bombay).

As a pianist he is widely acknowledged as having originated a unique Irish piano style out of an Irish traditional music base.

As an academic he brought Fleischmann’s Sources of Irish Music to press as Assistant Editor having worked with him on this - the largest research work on Irish Music ever published - for over twenty five years. His own Ph.D dissertation was on Innovation and Traditional in the Music of Tommie Potts, the Dublin fiddler.

He studied with composers Aloys Fleischmann (1910 - 1992) and Sean O Riada (1930 - 1971) in University College Cork, and with ethnomusicologists John Blacking and John Baily at Queens University Belfast.

As an educator, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin has been the single most important catalyst in the integration of Irish traditional music and Irish traditional dance into the Irish Higher Education system - firstly through his work at the Music Department of University College Cork where he succeeded Sean O Riada - and later in his work at the University of Limerick (UL) where he was appointed to the first Chair of Music in 1993.

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  • prz_rulez

    Has anyone the "Lumen" track? i don't have to say it's really hard to find ;)

    5 Apr 2010 Reply
  • junjan

    One of the best!

    24 Oct 2009 Reply