2016 RPS Instrument Purchase Grant recipient
Greg is studying Bassoon at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Janet Bloxwich. From the age of 12, he studied with John Hearne at the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama. He represented the Conservatory in winning first place at the Irish Feis Ceoil for Junior Bassoon in March 2013, and as the Principal Bassoon player of the DIT Symphony Orchestra from 2014-2015. He also came first and was the winner of the Rice Cup in 2015 at the Wesley Interschools Music Festival in the Senior Wind & Brass category.
Possessing extensive orchestral experience, he has performed with orchestras and ensembles such as the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, SinfoNua Orchestra, DIT Symphony Orchestra, Dublin Youth Symphony Orchestra, Fishamble Sinfonia, Trinity College Orchestra, Irish Youth Wind Ensemble, and The Greystones Orchestra. He enjoys Chamber Music and was apart of the DIT Wind Quintet, and more recently a new Wind Quintet at RCS.
Throughout this time he has played a variety of repertoire ranging from Baroque to Classical to jazz and contemporary music. He has played under the direction of conductors such as David Brophy, Andrew Synnott, En Shao and Kees Bakels. He has toured internationally with some of these orchestras to Lisbon and the UK and all throughout Ireland, performing numerous and memorable works.
As a soloist, he represented the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland in the Freemason's Hall on Culture Night in Dublin in September 2014. He is no stranger to the National Concert Hall stage from an orchestral point of view, but has also performed there as a soloist playing Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in January 2015.
Greg is very grateful to the Royal Philharmonic Society for the generous grant he received towards the purchasing of a new instrument. He is confident that his career as a bassoonist will heavily improve with the purchase of a new professional bassoon.
Kathryn McDowell, Director, LSO: The RPS has been a meeting point for musicians, composers and audiences for 200 years and remains a passionate advocate for music today.
DID YOU KNOW?
The cost of a bassoon for a young player starting their professional training is about £15,000. The RPS John Barbirolli Fund offers much needed financial assistance with instrument purchase.