Cillian O’ Breachain has just completed his Masters in Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studied Violin under the tutelage of Chris George. He has also studied Baroque Violin with Huw Daniel, Traditional Fiddle with Alisdair McCullough and Conducting with Alasdair Mitchell. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music Education, majoring in violin performance under the tuition of Maeve Broderick.
As an orchestral violinist, Cillian has performed and recorded with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra and with Camerata Ireland with whom he has toured France, Finland, South America, China and India, performing in some of the world’s most prestigious venues under the direction of renowned pianist Barry Douglas. Cillian is has also performed with the Wexford Festival Orchestra during their 2018 festival where he was awarded the Liam Healy Bursary. He is currently performing with Scottish Opera on their UK tour of The Magic Flute.
As an avid chamber musician, Cillian frequently performs in Ireland and Scotland. With the Dohnanyi String Trio, a group he co-founded in 2017, he has performed in a wide range of venues, from care homes to concert halls. A highlight of these concerts was a performance in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. The trio particularly enjoy engaging with audiences of dementia sufferers and people with special needs, something they do frequently through their work with Live Music Now Scotland. In 2016 he performed at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bantry, with the Elm Quartet.
As a conductor, Cillian has, on two occasions, conducted Trinity Orchestra in sell out concerts in Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral. He has also conducted concerts with Offbeat Ensemble, Wexford Gateway Orchestra, the RIAM Chamber Orchestra and Dublin Orchestral Players. He has just conducted, for a fifth year, the Orchestra of the Irish National Youth Ballet in their spring season performances at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire. Cillian will be conducting the Dublin Youth Concert Orchestra in their performance at the National Concert Hall in January 2020.