Cellist Brian O’Kane joins the Navarra String Quartet

13 December 2012

The Navarra String Quartet is thrilled to announce the appointment of Brian O’Kane as the quartet’s cellist.

An award-winning graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Brian O’Kane is in increasing demand as both a soloist and chamber musician. He came to prominence by taking first prize at the Windsor International String Competition and subsequently made his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy in 2009.

An avid chamber musician, O’Kane has toured extensively throughout Europe, the Far East and Australasia, has collaborated with a wide variety of artists such as the Vanbrugh Quartet, Michael Collins, Ian Bostridge, Pekka Kuusisto and Alison Balsom; and performs regularly with the Cappa Ensemble. Brian will make his Wigmore Hall debut in the coming year as both a Maisie Lewis and Kirckman Concert Society Young Artist and recently made his debut with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin.

O’Kane’s strongest influences have come from his professor and mentor Louise Hopkins and at the International Musicians Seminar from studies with the renowned Ralph Kirshbaum, Gabor Takacs-Nagy and Steven Isserlis.

Brian O’Kane is very grateful for the support of the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama for the loan of a Vuillame cello c.1840 where he remains a Junior Fellow.

For more information, please visit the Navarra Quartet’s brand-new website here.

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