Sir Charles Villiers Stanford: Irish Rhapsody No. 1 in D minor, Op. 78 (first audition)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216
Bill Whelan: Symphonic Suite „Riverdance” (first audition)
Born in Dublin, Ireland, (a U.S./Irish dual citizen), Derek Gleeson studied piano, percussion, composition and conducting at the music conservatories of Dublin, London and Vienna, and film scoring at the University of California, Los Angeles. By the age of 11, Gleeson was the recipient of many piano and percussion competition prizes within Ireland and Great Britain. At the age of 15 he was selected to represent Ireland as an orchestral musician in the European Community Youth Orchestra, where he had the opportunity to perform at the great European music festivals, such as Salzburg, Edinburgh and Lucerne Festivals under Maestros Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein and Sir George Solti. These early experiences moved him specifically toward a career in conducting. In 1984 he was a prize winner in the Shell/London Symphony Orchestra music scholarship program.
As a freelance musician, Gleeson performed with most of the British orchestras, including The London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Orchestras, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, as well as European jazz and pop ensembles (e.g., EuroJazz, NYJO, and Clannad) before directing his time exclusively to conducting and composition in 1989. He was Music Director of the Ruckert Orchestra of Dublin (1990 through 1993), and since 1997 he has been Music Director of The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra.
“Thanks to the authority & dynamism of their young and talented conductor Derek Gleeson, the orchestra excelled itself.”
The Irish Times (Dublin)
“His Mahler’s Fifth Symphony was glorious.” The Irish Times (Dublin)
An ardent champion of contemporary music, Gleeson has provided many premier performances of works by living composers, his own works also being performed in Europe and the U.S. In 2004, Gleeson’s concert work titled “Buenos Aires” premiered in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His recordings as conductor include premieres of contemporary American and Irish composers with The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Bulgarica.
Derek Gleeson has conducted the premier CD recording of Tchaikovsky’s oratorio, Ode To Joy, The Original Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture, and Prokofiev’s Zdravitsa with The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, (Carlton Classics/IMP Masters).
“Performances are entirely convincing, polished and stylish under Irish conductor Gleeson’s able leadership.” In Tune Magazine
“Derek Gleeson conducted with spirit . . . striking detail . . . A must for anyone who loves Russian music.” Classic CD Magazine
Amongst others, Gleeson has conducted The London Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra (Ireland’s national broadcaster), The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra (Ireland), Orchestra Da Camera Fiorentina (Italy), The Brohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonic Orchestra Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic), National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne (France), RTL Orchestra (Luxembourg), NOS Orchestra (Holland), The Ruckert Orchestra (Ireland), Szombathely-Savaria Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), The Danish Radio Concert Orchestra (Denmark), Orchestra of the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet (England), Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonica Bulgarica, The Vratza Philharmonic, Plovdiv State Opera and Bourgas Opera/Philharmonic (Bulgaria), The Los Angeles Composers Guild Chamber Orchestra, and the Tehran Symphony Orchestra (Iran). Gleeson’s opera repertoire includes performances of Verdi’s La Traviata, Il Trovatore and Rigoletto, and Un Ballo in Maschera, Mozart’s La Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Magic Flute, Bizet’s Carmen, and Tchaikovsky’sEugene Onegin. Gleeson conducted Rigoletto for the Anna Livia International Opera Festival in Dublin.
Anna Livia International Opera Festival
Conductor Derek Gleeson kept perfect pace and never overwhelmed the action . . . I doubt there has been a better Rigoletto in Dublin. The President of Ireland led a prolonged standing ovation, and deservedly so. The Sunday Business Post
Gleeson recorded the first Gaelic rendition of Prokofiev’s Peter & The Wolf. He conducts The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra (“DPO”) in Carolan Suite on Patrick Cassidy’s CD, Deirdre of the Sorrows(BMG/Windham Hill), and with The DPO recorded and conducted American composer Don Ray’s orchestral suite, Family Portrait and the premier recording of Ray’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with Philharmonia Bulgarica, released on Albany Records. He recorded Ray’s Homestead Dances with The DPO, released on Albany Records in 2007.
In 2009, as Music Director and Conductor, Gleeson and The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra embarked on its inaugural United States ten week tour of 49-cities in 24 states, presented under the auspices of Columbia Artists Management, Inc. In July 2010, Gleeson and the all-Irish DPO toured China, performing at the Shanghai Grand Theatre’s World Expo Program, and two concerts opening the Beijing Festival summer season at the National Centre for the Performing Arts at the Opera House, televised throughout China to over 400 million people. The Orchestra returns to China in 2014/2015. Future tours include Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria.
Gleeson composed film scores for the feature films The White Pony (Director Brian Kelly), Irish Whiskey(Director Jon Stevens), Moving Target (Director Paul Ziller), The Doorway (Director Michael Druxman),Kitchen (Director Kieron Walsh) and additional music for The Suicide Club (Director Rachel Samuels). In addition to composing music for film, Gleeson is Director of Screen Training Ireland's Film Scoring Program, Dublin. He served as Composer Advisor to Moonstone International (sister company to Sundance Festival) and as Jury Chairman of the Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTA). Gleeson is the Designer and Program Director for Ireland’s first MA program studies in Scoring for Film and Visual Media, in association with Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music/Pulse College/Windmill Lane Recording Studios.
Described by Franco Gulli as a great talent, Héloïse Geoghegan made her debut at the age of 16 recording Saint-Saens’ violin concerto No.3 with the RTE Concert orchestra of Ireland. In 2010 she made her American debut at Carnegie Hall in New York, and soon after at the Wigmore Hall in London.
Upon finishing school she was awarded a 2-year scholarship to study in Florence at the ‘Scuola di Musica di Fiesole’ . There she specialised in chamber music performance with the critically acclaimed Trio di Milano.
Héloïse went on to obtain her Masters Degree and Konzertexamen both with 1st class honours at the historic Hochschule für Musik und Theater - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy in Leipzig, under the guidance of Prof. Mariana Sirbu.
In 2006 she also completed a Master's degree in Classical String Performance at The University of Limerick in Ireland, where she was Artist in Residence with the Trio Bellatrix.
During her studies Héloïse took Masterclasses with Stefan Georghiu, Jean Jacques Kantorow, Emanuel Borok, Bruno Giuranna, Nora Chastain and Menahem Pressler.
Whilst studying Héloïse was awarded a place in the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig and later in the Leipzig Radio Orchestra - Mittel Deutsche Rundfunk, under the baton of prestigious conductors such as Herbert Bloomstedt, Sir Roger Norrington, Fabio Luisi, Riccardo Chailly, David Zinman, Russell Davis, Kurt Masur. She also collaborated with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Ireland, the chamber orchestra founded by pianist Barry Douglas.
Héloïse made her debut as a soloist at the National Concert Hall in Dublin with the National Symphony Orchestra, performing Chausson’s Poème.
She was invited back to perform both Mendelssohn’s violin concerto and the Bruch violin concerto, the latter of which was broadcast live throughout Europe receiving great critical accolades.
Heloise has a great passion for chamber music and has played with internationally renowned artists such as Mariana Sirbu, Bruno Giuranna, Phillip Moll, Tatjana Masurenko, Christian Giger and the Kronos Quartet, giving concerts at major venues, including the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, Casa da Musica in Porto, the Schumann Haus, the Mendelssohn Haus, Leipzig…
Heloise has also taken part in important festivals such as the West Cork International Chamber Music Festival, Gstaad Festival, Festival de Saint Denis, Festival of Lake Como, Suolsalmi in Finland, Ponte de Lima Festival, Toscana Classica and the Festival of the Pontine Sermoneta …
In 2013 she became artistic director for the wonderful charity Link For Aid and was responsible for organising the music and artists for their first big event ‘MUSIC FOR MYANMAR’ in Yangon, (Burma). The Charity raised a considerable sum of money which went to help support very poor orphaned children and elderly people.
Since 2012 Héloïse holds the post of Violin Professor at the Conservatory of Music ‘Stanislao Giacomantonio’ of Cosenza, Italy.
Héloïse plays a Tommaso Carcassi violin of 1731.