Billy O’Brien enjoys an active career as solo pianist and chamber musician. He completed his
undergraduate studies at the RIAM with Prof Therese Fahy, and two-years postgraduate study
in Paris with Rena Shereshevskaya. He has performed concertos with the RTÉ Concert
Orchestra, RIAM Symphony, Trinity Orchestra and Wexford Sinfonia, and has given solo recitals
throughout Ireland, and in Spain, France, and the UK.
Billy is a member of the Alberi Piano Trio, and has collaborated with the Kirkos, Ficino and
Kileena Ensembles. He won the Maura Dowdall Concerto Competition 2016, the Maura Teissier
Piano Bursary, 2nd prize at the Freemason’s Young Musician of the Year, and has twice
represented Ireland in the Dublin International Piano Competition. He performed in the Vigo
International Piano Competition 2019 for a jury including Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire.
Yseult works between the UK and Ireland as a freelance orchestral, soloist and chamber musician. She plays with both RTÉ orchestras and in 2018 joined London’s Southbank Sinfonia. She has also worked with Welsh National Opera, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the London Contemporary Music Festival Orchestra. In 2018 she performed the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Cork Fleischmann Orchestra, and Beethoven’s triple concerto with Wexford Sinfonia. Previous concerto performances include the Elgar cello concerto in the NCH in 2014 and the Dvorak Cello concerto with the Esker Festival Orchestra in 2015.
Her greatest passion is chamber music and she has had the pleasure of performing at festivals such as the Gathering, the Beckett Chamber Music Festival, Music for Wexford, the Crawford Summer Lunchtime series, Ischia Chamber Music Festival and Chamber Music on Valentia. She has worked with Crash Ensemble, Musici Ireland, Ficino Ensemble, Scordatura Collective and has performed over 70 premiers with the contemporary music Ensemble, Kirkos, including several solo cello commissions.
Yseult was a prizewinner at the 2015 Freemasons Young Musician of the Year and the 2016 Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe scholarship. She has a 1st Class Honours MA, from the CIT Cork school of Music, and BA, from the RIAM, where her teachers were Christopher Marwood and Bill Butt. In 2015/16 she studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Leipzig, with Peter Hörr.
Jane Hackett is an award winning violinist who has a varied career as soloist, orchestral and
chamber musician. She regularly performs with Ireland’s leading orchestras and in 2015, made her
solo debut with the RTE Concert Orchestra, after winning the Maura Dowdall Concerto
Competition. Jane has performed solo with the Scotia Ensemble and is is a member of the
chamber group, Musici Ireland. Her love of chamber music has led her to founding a new
chamber collective called ReClassified, which brings young professional musicians together to
perform classical music in popular venues around Dublin. Jane is a true experimental artist who
maintains a strong connection to contemporary music and performance art with the
contemporary group, Kirkos Ensemble. Her love of educating the next generation has led her to
host a radio show for children and develop a new initiative, ‘Kids Classical Club’, immersing
children in the wonders of classical music. Jane looks forward to an exciting year ahead of music
making around Ireland, Uk and Austria.