Adele O’Dwyer, Cello


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With a long and varied career as performing artist, chamber musician, composer and educator, Adele’s early training took place under the guidance of Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Leonard Chausow and the Chicago Civic Orchestra (Chicago Symphony Training Orchestra). In addition, Adele had the privilege of advanced-level mentorships with artists Zara Nelsova, Antony Cooke, and Martha Gerschefski which influenced her greatly. Professionally, Adele has performed on both sides of the Atlantic with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Opera Theatre Company and Irish Film Orchestras as well as in a number of festival chamber orchestras in Ireland and in the US.

Adele’s interest in musical composition began in her childhood where she was exposed to a staggering array of folk, blues and jazz artists who visited the Chicago area regularly to perform. As a result of these early musical influences, Adele cultivated a taste for a wide variety of musics and it is this interest which has shaped her style of musical composition. From Black is the Earth, inspired by the great Bog of Allen in Ireland to North Circular Road Blues and Song for the Blackfoot Pathways influenced by the raw energy of the Chicago Blues and a hauntingly beautiful mountains of Montata in the US, Adele’s compositions draw the listener in through their story-telling character.

Adele has many CD recordings to her credit both as performer and as composer/arranger. She has performed and recorded with some of Ireland’s finest musicians such as the RTÉ Contempo Quartet, the late Michael O’Suillibhean and De Dannan to name but a few. Adele later went on to study composition in the IMRO Composition School and obtained a film- scoring certification from FÁS – University of California Los Angeles.

Adele has long demonstrated a particular interest in ‘music in communities’ having developed and delivered a multitude of projects ranging from long-term artistic collaborations such as the Café Music Nights, Winter Chamber Music Series, Millennium Children’s Messiah and Discovering Music projects to one-off educational workshops, Adele enjoys knitting together divergent musical styles and approaches to create musical experiences for listeners and participants alike. Her lastest digital music learning platform, Emsona, aims to democratize access to musical expertise and learning know-how for learners and educators wherever they are in the world.


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