Celbridge, Co. Kildare
Aoife Burke’s numerous national prizes and bursaries include the Bach Prize and Clyde Twelvetrees Cup at Feis Ceoil, Dublin and the Capuchin Order Perpetual Cup and Bursary at Feis Maitiú, Cork. A native of Cork, Aoife studied at undergraduate level with Emma Ferrand at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, graduating in 2014 with a first class honours Bachelor of Music degree and an LRSM Diploma in Performance with Distinction. For her third year, she undertook an Erasmus study exchange to the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany, where she joined the cello class of Christoph Richter and the chamber music class of Andreas Reiner (Rosamunde Quartet). During the course of her studies, Aoife was a recipient of the Raphael Sommer Music Scholarship and was a Britten-Pears Young Artist. She has participated in masterclasses with such renowned cellists as Raphael Wallfisch, Ralph Kirshbaum, Miklós Perényi and Frans Helmerson. Aoife holds a first class MA degree from the CIT Cork School of Music, where she studied under Christopher Marwood.
An avid chamber musician, Aoife has worked with the Hydra, Kirkos and Ficino Ensembles and has performed at numerous national and international music festivals, including the West Cork Chamber Music Festival (where she recorded for RTÉ Lyric FM), Music in Drumcliffe, the RNCM Chamber Music Festival, Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, the Aurora Chamber Music Festival and Barry Douglas’ Clandeboye Festival, where she was awarded the Special Festival Prize. She is currently undertaking a Chamber Studio mentorship with the Shandon String Trio under Richard Lester at King’s Place, London in 2018.
Aoife has toured Europe and the UAE as a full member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and has worked with the RLPO, BBC NOW, the RTÉ Orchestras, Camerata Ireland and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. She has performed as a soloist with orchestra several times both at home and abroad, most notably with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2016, generously supported by Culture Ireland. Aoife currently holds a residency at the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork, where she curates the Summer Lunchtime Concert Series and the Spotlight Chamber Music Series. She is grateful for the generous support of the EMI Music Sound Foundation, Cork City Council and The Arts Council.