Deirdre Moynihan


Deirdre Moynihan Soprano

«Moynihan’s singing goes straight to the heart. Unfailingly beautiful in tone.» — International Record Review

As a soprano soloist Deirdre Moynihan has performed with many operatic, orchestral, choral and chamber music groups both on the International stage and throughout Ireland. Her music career to date has seen her perform in Canada, U.S.A, Israel, Brazil, Lebanon, Japan, China and throughout Europe.

Deirdre has received much acclaim for her performances as a Baroque soloist and her debut CD of Vivaldi Cantatas was released by Naxos to widespread excellent reviews. As a specialist soprano in this field she has appeared as a soloist at Kilkenny Arts Festival, Galway Arts Festival, Great Music in Irish Houses, Killaloe Music festival, Ardee Baroque Festival, Galway Baroque Festival, Cork Choral Festival and a host of renowned classical music series across Ireland. She also embraces the challenge of contemporary compositions and has premiered works by Ian Wilson, Rob Canning, Bill Whelan, Raymond Deane, Marian Ingoldsby, Ben Dwyer and Hugh O’ Neill.

She has sung as a soloist with, amongst others, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Irish Baroque Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Crash Ensemble and RTÉ Con Tempo string quartet. Radio broadcasts include RTÉ lyric FM, RTÉ Radio 1 and BBC Radio Ulster. She has performed as a soloist with such prestigious conductors as Reinbert de Leeuw, John Wilson, Christophe Rousset, Matthew Hall and Jeffrey Skidmore.

Over the past number of years she has received excellent critical acclaim for her nationwide tours bringing rarely heard repertoire to audiences across Ireland, including The Titans of St. Petersburg with pianist, Fionnuala Moynihan, Anda jaleo – Songs of the People with classical guitarist, Alec O’ Leary, Hidden Handel with the Irish Baroque Orchestra Chamber Soloists and Vivaldi – The Cantatas with Ensemble Nota Velata. She performs extensively with The Moynihan O’ Leary duo and they premiered the first ever Irish language song cycle for voice and guitar, Ian Wilson’s Fuil is Uisce , in The John Field Room of the National Concert Hall in 2013. London’s Classical Guitar Magazine has referred to the duo as an «authentic and musically profound ensemble» while the duo’s CD release, ‘From The Olive Tree’, was described, by the Sunday Business Post, as «captivating». Collaborations with various ensembles have resulted in performances at the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival, Hugh Lane Gallery, Boyle Arts Festival, Living Music Festival, Dublin New Music Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Guitar Festival of Ireland, Music for Wexford, Ardee Baroque Festival, Barrahane’s Church Festival, Waterford International Festival and Galway Cathedral Recital Series.

Deirdre holds an MA in Vocal Performance from the Cork School of Music. She is the founder and inspiration behind the very successful Irish language choral music website, Choirs Can ( . Deirdre is the Programmes Manager of Music Network. Please visit Deirdre’s website for additional information.