*1996 in Ireland
Studies with Mihaela Martin
Kronberg Academy Bachelor
funded by the Hilmar Kopper Stipendium
Mairéad Hickey was born in Ireland in 1996 and began playing the violin at the age of three. From 2003 to 2014 she studied at the CIT Cork School of Music, Ireland, with Adrian Petcu. When she was 15 she spent a year in France studying at the Conservatoire de Nantes with Constantin Serban. She has attended masterclasses with Adelina Oprean, Dora Schwarzberg, Mariana Sirbu, Tatiana Liberova, Adrian Pinzaru, Yossi Zivoni and Adrian Butterfield.
Apart from winning prizes at renowned Irish competitions, Mairéad Hickey also won the Jeunesses Musicales International Violin Competition in Romania in 2012 and the Antonio Salieri prize in Italy in 2010. She also won third prize at the Spohr Competition in 2016. In addition, she was the Irish National Concert Hall Young Musician of the Year 2010 -12. For her interpretation of traditional Irish music she was awarded eight All-Ireland Fiddle Champion titles. Since 2014 her musical education has been sponsored by the Ustinov Foundation.
At the age of 14, Mairéad Hickey recorded the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the RTÉ Irish National Concert Orchestra and conductor David Brophy. She has performed at the National Concert Hall in Dublin several times as well as at other venues in Ireland and Europe. In 2013 she was invited to give a recital at the Westport Chamber Music Festival and has played classical and traditional Irish music for the President of Ireland. Mairéad Hickey is also an active chamber musician and spent a number of years taking part in international masterclasses and festivals with the Cairde Quartet. She has participated in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and the Westport Festival of Chamber Music numerous times. Mairéad Hickey founded the Ortús Chamber Music Festival which took place in Ireland in February 2016 for the first time.
Mairéad currently plays a 1702 Tononi violin, kindly loaned to her by a generous sponsor through the Beares International Violin Society.
She is supported by the Arts Council and the Music Network Music Capital Scheme, funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. In 2013 Mairéad Hickey participated in Kronberg Academy’s Violin Masterclasses and the Kronberg Academy Festival in 2015. 2016 she took part in Chamber Music Connects the World. Since 2014 she has been studying at Kronberg Academy with Mihaela Martin. These studies are funded by the Hilmar Kopper Stipendium.
Last updated: November 2016