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Master Classes


Following the success of the July series, the National Concert Hall is delighted to announce another Online Masterclass Series this November, featuring pianist Barry Douglas, violinist Mia Cooper and more. 

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. 

Barry Douglas, piano

Thursday 5th November, 2.30pm

Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow. As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule. His recent highlights include performances at BBC Proms in the Park with the Ulster Orchestra, a UK tour with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, and appearances with Orchestre de Auvergne, Barcelona Symphony, Bogota Philharmonic and Vancouver Symphony orchestras.  

Barry is an exclusive Chandos recording artist and his latest release is the third volume of his Schubert: Works for Solo Piano. He received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2002 New Year’s Honours List for services to music. 

Mia Cooper, violin

Thursday 12th November, 6.30pm

Mia Cooper was appointed Leader of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in 2006, and in this role has worked with musicians as diverse as Pavarotti, Kurt Elling and Martin Hayes. 

Before moving to Dublin to take up her position, Mia was a Principal member of the first violin section of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, she has been a member of the Esposito string quartet since 2010, with annual touring at venues across Ireland organised by the National String Quartet Foundation (Vanbrugh Quartet).  

Since 2006, Mia has taught violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and coaches on the Irish National Youth Orchestra and the Dublin Youth Orchestras Chamber Music courses. 


Mark O'Keeffe, trumpet

Thursday 19th November, 10am

Mark O’Keeffe has held the post of principal trumpet with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra since December 1996. In addition to his career with the BBCSSO, he plays chamber music with Scottish based Red Note Ensemble and has been guest Principal Trumpet with the World Orchestra for Peace, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera House Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Halle Orchestra. Mark was awarded a Creative Scotland bursary in 2004 for a collaborative project with Theatre Cryptic.  
He teaches at the RCS Glasgow, the RNCM Manchester and was awarded a distinguished alumnus from the CIT Cork School of Music in 2018. 


Jean Kelly, harp

Thursday 26th November, 2.30pm

Jean Kelly hails from an Irish family of several generations of professional musicians. In 1996 she won a scholarship to study harp at the Royal College of Music, London. Since graduating she has based herself in London and is in great demand as a versatile harpist. She regularly tours with the Locrian Ensemble performing harp concertos and her own arrangements of Irish music. She has recorded three CDs with the group.

In May 2011 Jean was invited to Dublin to play for the historic visit of HM Queen Elizabeth to Ireland. She also performed alongside Nobel Prize-winner Seamus Heaney at the Opening Night of the World Harp Congress in Dublin and accompanied Irish President Mary McAleese on a State Visit to Austria.  

Jean performs on commercial film and TV soundtracks, for composers such as Jonny Greenwood, Max Richter and Dario Marianelli. She played solo harp on Michael Kiwanuka’s Mercury Prize winning album and has toured with pop singer Paloma Faith. 

Jean regularly performs with the Guy Barker Big Band, at major UK venues including The Proms at The Albert Hall and is a frequent guest with the BBC Concert Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra (UK) and Irish Chamber Orchestra.