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Oonagh Keogh

Oonagh Keogh was born in Dublin and began learning the violin with her mother, Geraldine O’Grady. She won many of the main competitions in Ireland and went on to study with Jean Fournier in Salzburg and Paris. She was a prizewinner in the International J.S. Bach competition and won 1st prize in the Leopold Bellan competition.

Oonagh went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and after graduating gained an honours masters from the University of Limerick. She has been a member of the Irish Chamber orchestra since 1995 and in addition to her work with the orchestra, has a varied musical career. She has appeared as soloist with orchestra on many occasions in Ireland and has given numerous recitals around the country at various festivals. She has also made regular TV appearances over the years.

As a violin duo with her mother, Oonagh has performed all over the United States, performing amongst other venues in Carnegie hall, St Patrick’s cathedral and New jersey Symphony hall. Together they have given recitals in Switzerland and have also released 2 CDs together.

Oonagh has also been a regular presenter on Lyric FM. She devised and presented her own series of programmes called ‘The Virtuoso Violin’. Which ran between 2002 and 2003. She has also frequently presented programmes such as ‘Lyric Notes’ and ‘The Lyric breakfast’.

Oonagh has also enjoyed performing with jazz musicians such as the late ‘Professor’ Peter O’Brien and Paddy Cole and was the violinist in the Abbey Theatre’s production of ‘The Colleen Bawn’ a few years ago.


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