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Oonagh Keogh

Oonagh Keogh was born in Dublin and began learning the violin with her mother, Geraldine O’Grady. and went on to study with Jean Fournier in Salzburg and Paris. While in Paris she was a prizewinner in the International J.S. Bach competition and also won 1er Prix in the Leopold Bellan competition. Oonagh also studied at the Guildhall School of Music and after graduating gained an honours masters from the University of Limerick in performance. 

She has toured all over the US with her mother Geraldine as a violin duo, both in recital and as soloists with orchestra. Venues have included Carnegie Hall, New Jersey symphony hall, Sacramento symphony hall and St Patrick’s cathedral, New York.

Oonagh is the founder and artistic director of the ‘Ceol na Mara summer school for strings’ which was established 11 years ago and takes place every summer in Kylemore Abbey in the west of Ireland.  She also is the founder and conductor of the ‘Ceol na Mara Chamber Orchestra’ a String Orchestra for young musicians that is based in Limerick. 

Oonagh has arranged a variety of music for violin duo over the years and also composes and arranges music for her young musicians. She also collaborates on projects including compositions and performances, with pianist and composer Conor Linehan. 

Oonagh has been a member of the Irish Chamber orchestra since their new beginning in Limerick in 1995. 


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