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1993 Claire McKeown, Violin

Claire McKeown from Templepatrick, who won the first competition in 1993, is now full-time co-leader of 2nd violins in the RTE Concert Orchestra. A recent highlight was when she travelled with the Orchestra and Chorus to Rome to perform Messiah for Pope Benedict on the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death; and she individually took part in last year’s Castleward Opera season. After winning her Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year title Clare undertook both undergraduate and post-graduate studies at the Royal Scottish Academy and, until her appointment with RTE, freelanced in Portugal and Scotland. Pictured at the piano is the adjudicator John Anderson.

Pictured at the piano is the adjudicator John Anderson.