Morgan, Darragh


Violinist with Fidelio Trio, Darragh Morgan has performed extensively throughout Europe, USA, Africa and Asia. He has performed concertos with orchestras including European Union Chamber Orchestra, Istanbul Symphony, Cyprus Chamber Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Ulster Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, and Kolner Kammerorchester.

As a highly active and renowned interpreter of contemporary music, Darragh Morgan has worked with and premiered the music of many of the most important composers of our time, including Arvo Part, Philip Glass, John Tavener, Kevin Volans, Michael Nyman, Gerald Barry and Michael Finnissy. He regularly leads London Sinfonietta, and has also guest led Ensemble Modern, Musik Fabrik, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Remix Ensemble (Porto) and Athlesas Sinfonietta (Copenhagen ). Darragh was violinist with the acclaimed Smith Quartet from 2005-2011 and previously Artistic Director of Barqoue 2000 in South Africa. From 2009-19 he was on the violin faculty at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has given masterclasses at Curtis Institute, Peabody Conservatory, Central Conservatory Beijing and YST Singapore. Darragh has recorded over 50 albums for Naxos, Resonus, NMC, Metier, Delphian and Signum. He plays an 1848 Giuseppe Rocca violin, generously on loan from The Morgan-Rocca Instrument Trust which is administered by The Royal Society of Musicians and a fine bow made by Alfred Lamy.

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Frances Marshall

Dullea, Mary


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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Sophie Dennehy
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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


Review on MusicWeb


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

Oxford University Press
Sound And Music/ BMIC
Stainer & Bell
Catalogue number:
NMC D108
Release Date:
1 May 2006