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Sligo International Chamber Music Festival

Dermot Dunne (accordian)

Dermot Dunne

Accordionist Dermot Dunne began playing the accordion at age of nine with the goal of performing Scott Joplin’s Entertainer. From there things quickly snowballed and before long he found himself playing music which ranged from transcriptions of works by JS Bach to contemporary classical music which had been written for his instrument in recent years. Following a number of years studying at the National Music Academy of Ukraine, he returned to Ireland and has enjoyed a career as a performer over the last twenty years. During this time he has worked with many leading musicians on diverse musical performances. Some of last year’s performances include an improvised accompaniment to a 1926 silent movie with saxophonist Nick Roth, a solo 70 minute original multi-media composition by Ailis ni Riain ‘Skloniste’ performed in London, Paris and Sarajevo, a performance of Romanian folk music with cellist Adrian Mantu and pan-flutist Iulian Pusca in Qatar, recitals with cellist Adele O’Dwyer in Montana, USA, numerous performances with the Far Flung Trio (with Katherine Hunka, violin and Malachy Robinson, Bass) and performances of Donnacha Dennehy’s opera The Last Hotel in Luxembourg. Dermot also teaches at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama