Ciarán Crilly

Past Guest Conductor

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Ciarán studied Music at King's College London (including performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama), History of Art at Goldsmith's College London and Orchestral Conducting at the Conservatory of Music in Prague. He made his professional conducting debut as Artistic Director of the Dublin Screen Orchestra in 1995. In the same year, he conducted the Savaria Symphony Orchestra as part of the conducting seminar of the International Bartók Festival in Szombathély, Hungary. Funded by the Northern Ireland Arts Council, he attended master classes with Peter Eötvös and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in Hilversum and Amsterdam. He then received an Irish Arts Council Conductors Award, enabling him to become a student of Jaroslav Vodnánsky at the Prague Conservatory. Between 1999 and 2002 Ciarán was conductor of the Composers Forum Ensemble at Trinity College Dublin. He has extensive studio experience and in 2002 he conducted the music for Rebuilding America, an award-winning PBS documentary. He became Principal Guest Conductor of the Dublin Symphony Orchestra in 2001 a position he held until summer of 2007. He became the founding Musical Director of the UCD Sinfonia in 2002. He conducts the Miró Chamber Orchestra, which performed last year at the Mermaid Theatre in Bray and at the National Gallery of Ireland and shall perform this September in the presence of the Taoiseach. In 2004 he took part the 7th Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition and was recently commended by the jury at the preselection round of the Besancon International Competition for Young Conductors. Ciaran has also worked with the Studio Symphony Orchestra, Dublin Orchestral Players, RIAM Wind Band and the RTE Concert Orchestra. Outside Ireland, he has conducted publicly in England, France, Spain, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Ciarán is a full-time lecturer in the School of Music in UCD, where he is completing a PhD on music and art in the early 20th century. He has lectured on this subject at Trinity College Dublin, the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Art, NUI Maynooth, Queen's University Belfast, and at Wesleyan and Yale Universities in the USA.