The Contemporary Music Centre’s Autumn Salon series opens with members of Concorde Ensemble

Martin Johnson

The series, which takes place in the Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, will feature Martin Johnson (cello) and Elaine Clark (violin) on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 at 6pm performing a programme of solos and duos.

The programme includes works by Jane O’Leary (No. 19), David Fennessy (Five Hofer Photographs) and Rhona Clarke (Con Coro). All three composers will be present and will talk about their work with Salon curator and presenter Ian Wilson.

Martin Johnson studied cello under the direction of Anna Shuttleworth (a former student of Pablo Casals), Andrew Shulman (Principal Cello, The Philharmonia) and the British soloist Alexander Bailie. In 2000, he joined RTE National Symphony Orchestra and moved to Dublin, where he was subsequently appointed Section Leader. Recently he has collaborated with composer Brian Byrne and Sinead O’Connor on the title track to the film Albert Nobbs.

Elaine Clark was born in Scotland and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, continuing her studies at Utrecht Conservatory in The Netherlands. Since 1996 she has been Co-Leader of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.

Elaine Clark

Elaine Clark

CMC’s Salon series aims to encourage newcomers and enthusiasts alike to engage with the music of Irish composers. Each performance takes place in an informal atmosphere with dialogue encouraged between composers, performers and audience. Curator Ian Wilson will present the Autumn 2014 series and as in previous years admission is free but booking is strongly recommended.

To book please contact the National Concert Hall on tel: 01 417 0000, www.nch.ie

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