‘Whenever I hear [Irlandiani], I will think of the optimism it gifted us at the end of one of the most stressful years any of us can remember’ -John Reed, Fatea Magazine
Carina has held a lifelong love for music and she enjoys a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician and continuo player. Her playing has been described by BBC Radio 3 as ‘singing across the centuries’, and recent performances have taken her to some of her favourite concert halls in the world; from the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, to the Bela Bartok National Concert Hall in Budapest and LG Arts Centre in Seoul, South Korea.
At 9 years of age Carina had her first cello lesson with Nora Gilleece in Dublin. She played a C major scale and ever since has been in love with the rich and expressive sound of the cello! She went on to be awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with Philip Sheppard and Jonathan Manson, and later with Richard Lester at the Guildhall, supported by the THCW trust.
Her love for 18th century music and historical performance took hold while she was a student at the Royal Academy where she was twice awarded the Early Music Prize. She toured as principal cello with the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 2010, and now regularly works as guest principal cellist with historical instrument ensembles in the UK and Ireland.
Always interested in forgotten and obscure repertoire, she performed a cello concerto by Leonardo Leo, a composer more well known for his theatrical music, at the Tilford Bach Festival in 2016. Her performance was described as having ‘highly operatic moments of lively dialogue and a brilliantly executed finale that sounded like peals of laughter’ (Rosemary Wisbey, Tilford Bach Society). She also performed a concerto by C.P.E. Bach, a composer often overshadowed by his father’s fame, at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Carina has recorded the Sonata in F major H.107 by Geminiani on Olwen Foulke’s album ‘Directed by Handel’ in which she was described as an ‘expressive soloist’ (Andrew Benson-Wilson: Early Music Review), and she has hugely enjoyed delving into Geminiani, Bocchi and O’Carolan’s music further for her first album ‘Irlandiani’ , realeased to critical acclaim in November 2020, thanks to Arts Council of England funding. The album has been played on BBC Radio 3, RTE Lyric FM and Deutschlandfunk Radio.
When not playing the cello, Carina can be found baking elaborate cakes at home which she brings to rehearsals to share with her colleagues!