Proinnsías Ó Duinn to conduct Rossini, Fauré, Mendelssohn and Schubert

Friday 30 October 2020 as part of RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra LIVE

On Friday 30 October, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra LIVE at the National Concert Hall continues with works by Rossini, Fauré, Mendelssohn and Schubert with Proinnsías Ó Duinn making a welcome return to conduct.

As with all concerts in this series, the performance will be live-streamed worldwide in HD on and broadcast live on RTÉ lyric fm.

Principal Conductor of the RTE Concert Orchestra for twenty-five years and, in 2003, the first Conductor Laureate to be appointed in the history of RTÉ, Proinnsías has a long and distinguished relationship over six decades with both RTÉ orchestras and with RTÉ. A frequent guest conductor with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra during this time, he notes that the inclusion of  Schubert’s Fifth Symphony in this concert reminds him, in part, of his first concert with the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra in c.1961 when, as he turned 20 years of age, he also conducted this symphony.

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See below for biography of Proinnsías Ó Duinn

Proinnsías Ó Duinn

At age eighteen, Proinnsías Ó Duinn was appointed Music Director of the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. Two years later he conducted his first concert with the RTE Symphony Orchestra.  In 1963 he was contracted as Conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Following a tour of South America in 1966, he was appointed Principal Conductor and Music Director of La Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador.

When he returned to Ireland, he continued to give concerts with both RTE orchestras, the BBC and in mainland Europe. His first appointment to RTE was conductor of the RTE Singers and Vocal Adviser. In 1978 he became Principal Conductor of the RTE Concert Orchestra, a position he held for twenty five years, during which time he conducted and recorded many National and World Premiers.  In 2003 he was the first Conductor Laureate to be appointed in the history of RTE.

He has held positions of Music Director and Conductor of several Opera Companies in Ireland and has conducted opera performances ranging from Pergolesi through the mainstream classical and romantic operas to Poulenc (Dialogue des Carmelites) and Britten (Turn of the Screw). He was commissioned by the RDS to make a new edition of Benedict’s Opera The Lily of Killarney, which he conducted for the RDS along with Maritana and The Bohemian Girl. He has also been a guest conductor of all the symphony and chamber orchestras in Ireland.

In 1979 he was appointed Conductor and Music Director of Our Lady’s Choral Society, a position he still retains. It has a wide ranging repertoire and its season of Messiah performances in the National Concert Hall each Christmas has become an integral part of the music life of Dublin.

Since 2001 he returns each year to conduct the Birthday Celebration performance of the Messiah in Halle, in the Handel Concert Hall, with an international choir and the Staatskapelle Halle.

Formerly a cellist, Ó Duinn is a composer and arranger of music in many genres, ranging from chamber music to symphonic, choral and musicals.