Collailm Duo – Karina and Aiveen Gallagher
19 listopada 2014 roku (środa), godz. 18.30
Karina and Aiveen Gallagher
began their musical training in their hometown of Cork, on the south coast of Ireland. They first performed as a duo while they were students at the Royal College of Music, London. Following the success of their ensemble, they subsequently made their Irish debut at Lismore Castle, County Waterford. During the following years, they were often separated by many thousands of miles as they pursued their individual studies. On their return to Ireland in 2013, the sisters have re-formed their ensemble under the name Collailm Duo. In July 2014, Collailm Duo performed a series of concerts across Vilnius, Lithuania, to great success. Due to the enthusiastic public response of their first performances, the final concert of the series was recorded for a televised performance and the duo have been invited to return for a full concert tour of Lithuania in 2015. On their return from Lithuania, Collailm Duo were invited to give an impromptu performance at Summer Music on the Shannon Festival in Ireland, after which they were invited to become a permanent fixture at the annual festival. In September 2014, following a positive reception in Italy, Collailm Duo were awarded the prize of ‘Francesco Caramia’ by internationally renowned pedagogue and performer Dr Bruno Giuranna and the Fondazione Paolo Grassi. Upcoming engagements include a recital in Brussels, Belgium and an Irish tour.
Karina, a violinist, graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree from the Royal College of Music, London where she won the RCM Concerto Competition and was awarded the most outstanding results for violin performance. She later graduated from the University of Limerick with a First Class Master of Arts and the highest results ever awarded by the university for her Final Recital. She further continued her violin studies with Massimo Quarta on the Diploma di Solista at Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiano, Lugano, with Salvatore Accardo on the Corso di Perfezionamento at Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona, and with Daniel Rubenstein on the Diplome di Concertiste at the Ysaye Institute, Brussels. Upon completion of her European studies, Karina served as teaching assistant to renowned virtuoso Stefan Milenkovich in the US, and was also appointed String Department Teaching Assistant at Frost School of Music, Miami. Merits she has been awarded include RCM scholar, Lyric FM scholar, Walter Stauffer Scholar, University of Illinois Scholar, University of Miami Scholar, Henri Mancini Fellow and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Aiveen, a violist, was awarded a full scholarship to the Royal College of Music, London, where she studied with Ivo-Jan van der Werff. During her undergraduate years, she held principal positions with the RCM Sinfonietta and Symphony Orchestras and performed as guest sub-principal with the Royal Academy of Music Festival Orchestra. On completion of her undergraduate studies, Aiveen accepted a personal invitation from Dr. István Szabó to study for her Master of Music degree on an International Scholarship at Western Illinois University. Recognised for her keen interest and skill as a chamber musician, she was appointed Master of Chamber Music co-ordinator by the Dean of Western Illinois University, where she ran her own Concert Series for two years. After graduating with a 1st class honours Master of Music degree, Aiveen relocated to Miami where she was appointed String Teaching Assistant to the Amernet String Quartet, Artists in Residence at Florida International University. Furthermore, Aiveen served as orchestral assistant to renowned Maestro Grzegorz Nowak, and was also appointed marketing representative for the music department of Florida International University. An active chamber musician, Aiveen has performed at many renowned chamber music festivals in the UK and Ireland including the London String Quartet Foundation and the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. Venues at which Aiveen has performed include Adrienne Arsht Center Miami, Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Berlin Concerthaus, RadioKulturhaus Vienna, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen, Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris, The O2 arena and the National Concert Hall, Ireland.