Eleanor Gaffney (Viola) Eleanor has studied both classical and Irish traditional music since the age of 4. Following her time with Prof. Ronald Masin in Young European Strings School of Music, most recently Eleanor has continued her viola studies with RCO violist Martina Fiorni. Eleanor regularly performs and travels with chamber and symphonic ensembles including the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland for the 2018 Papal visit, West Cork Chamber Music Festival with Young European Strings Chamber Orchestra, tours with the National Youth Orchestra of Spain and our very own National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. Music has brought Eleanor all over the world on tours performing in Switzerland, France, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Slovenia, Florida, Abu Dhabi and Georgia. Eleanor has been a member of Amsterdam’s oldest symphony orchestra, Sweelinck Orkest, and the National Student Orchestra of the Netherlands including performances in Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw. Eleanor is currently the principal violist of the UCD Symphony Orchestra and an Ad Astra Performing Arts scholar in UCD and thoroughly enjoys performing chamber music with the Stella Quartet.
Anna Mitchell (Violin) has been playing the violin for over 13 years. Former student of Prof. Ronald Masin, Anna was the co-leader of both the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and Dublin Youth Orchestra and is currently a member of the City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra. She has been chosen to participate in masterclasses with world-famous musicians and has travelled Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, France, Austria, Portugal and Italy through her music. In 2015, at age 16, Anna performed solo in the National Concert Hall alongside violinist Nicola Benedetti during her visit to Dublin. The following year, Anna reached the final of the Frank Maher Classical Music Awards. Anna is a multiple prize winner at the ESB Feis Ceoil over many years and recently received a distinction in her ABRSM Performance Diploma.
The Stella Quartet are an exciting string group combining the instrumental talents of four UCD Ad Astra Scholars whose musical paths have merged to recreate a refreshing sound of Baroque, chamber, classical and contemporary music. In their time together they have delighted discerning audiences with their authentic, virtuoso and ensemble playing.
Molly Murphy O’Kane (Violin)
Molly began playing the violin at age 6. She was a multiple scholarship holder over 12 years at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM), where she attended lessons with Maeve Broderick and Mia Cooper. She is a multiple prize winner in Feis Ceoil, Sligo Feis Ceoil and Newpark Feis on both violin and piano. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland for 5 years, and was leader of multiple ensembles in the RIAM as well as the UCD Symphony Orchestra. As an Ad Astra scholar, she has enjoyed a range of solo, chamber music and orchestral performance opportunities, including recitals at the Irish Ambassadors residence in Ottowa and masterclasses and performances internationally in Amsterdam and Toronto. For Molly, chamber music has always had a special appeal and she is enjoys playing as part of the Stella quartet immensely.
Clodagh Reilly (Cello) Clodagh began cello at the age of 4 with Adele O Dwyer, and is a current student of Christopher Marwood. She has been an enthusiastic & active soloist, chamber musician and orchestra member on a very regular basis, having performed in small venues locally, nationally and at international music festivals. She has been a regular competitor in feiseanna, having received multiple awards in ESB Feis Ceoil, Sligo Feis Ceoil, Newpark Music Festival, Ferbane Feis Ceoil, and Feis Maitiu. In 2017, Clodagh was invited to perform for President Higgins, his wife, Charles, Prince of Wales, & Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, on their most recent visit to Ireland. She has played as principal cello in several orchestras both in Ireland and abroad, including the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, with which she played as a soloist in the National Concert Hall in Dublin. In 2015/16 she travelled to France to study cello performance at the Nantes Conservatoire with Genevieve Kumer whilst studying a music Bacculaureate. Clodagh has had masterclasses with world renowned cellists, having travelled to France, Holland, Germany and Portugal for performances.
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