Irish violinist Darragh Morgan has collaborated with many leading composers including Arvo Part, Michael Nyman, Sir John Tavener, Gavin Bryars, Kevin Volans and Michael Finnissy. He has made concerto appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Ulster Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, KZN Philharmonic South Africa, Koln Kammer Orkest, Istanbul Symphony Orchestra and Cyprus Chamber Orchestra. International festival appearances include Wien Modern, Bang on a Can Marathon New York, Lucerne Festival, BBC Proms Chamber Music, Aldeburgh, Spitalfields and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
He is a member of the Fidelio Trio with whom has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Casa da Musica Porto and Symphony Space New York and was previously violinist with The Smith Quartet with whom he made an acclaimed recording of Philip Glass' complete string quartets. Darragh has recorded over 25 CDs for labels including NMC, Naxos, Delphian, Mode, Black Box and Nimbus. He has appeared as guest leader of Ensemble Modern, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, London Sinfonietta, Musik Fabrik and Remix Ensemble, and performed with the Bang on a Can All Stars. Darragh is professor of violin and chamber music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
As soloist and chamber musician, Irish pianist Mary Dullea has built an impressive reputation as a performer and commissioner of new music. She has performed throughout Ireland, England, Europe, USA, China and South Africa at festivals including Brighton, Huddersfield, Aldeburgh, Reggello (Italy), FuseLeeds, Petworth and National Arts Festival (South Africa).
Mary broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3 and RTE Lyric FM and is on the teaching staff of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She is currently completing a PhD in Performance at the University of Ulster, focusing on the use of the inside of the piano.
Mary was recently awarded a 2-year bursary by The Arts Council of Ireland.
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Talented young duo Darragh Morgan (violin) and Mary Dullea (piano) feature on a disc of new works written especially for them by leading young composers Joe Cutler, Bryn Harrison, Jonathan Powell and Joseph Phibbs. The title work, Morgan Hayes’ Opera, is inspired by Italian director Dario Argento's film of a jinxed production of Verdi’s Macbeth; the disc is completed with Richard Causton’s poetic, British Composer Award-winning Seven States of Rain.
"It is clear that Morgan and Dullea are already and will continue to be vital catalysts in the expansion and re-examination of the violin and piano repertoire by composers, and hopefully also the public."
Journal of Music in Ireland
"Of the six young British composers sampled here, Joe Cutler dispenses with the piano for a hard-edged fantasy which embraces virtuosity with the freedom of composers as disparate as Pärt and Zimmermann. The other five face the challenge full-on. And it's a full-on sort of disc - you get plenty of notes for your 55 minutes, all of them dispatched fearlessly by Darragh Morgan."
The Strad 2006
Recording date: December 2002/ March 2003
Engineer: Merlyn Sturt
Producers: Merlyn Sturt, Darragh Morgan
Cover image: Julia Bardsley, 'Snow' (detail)
(P) 2006 NMC Recordings Ltd