Mark Mangan has been playing stringed instruments for about 25 years and is a full time multi-instrumentalist music teacher. He primarily teaches guitar and ukulele, but also teaches bass, drums, Irish tenor banjo, mandolin and most things with strings and frets. Mark was the Musical Director of Ukulele Tuesday for about 6 years, and helped grow it from being 3 people around a table, to one of the most popular weekly sessions in the country. He has also been in several bands, performing on TV, radio and at international festivals. He has taught music and run workshops countless times at festivals both at home and abroad.
Emily O’Rourke is a guitarist and composer based in County Kildare. She completed a BA in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance specialising in guitar from DCU in 2022. She has studied with some of Ireland’s finest musicians including Diarmuid Lally, Ronan Guilfoyle and Tommy Halferty, as well as internationally acclaimed guitarists and composers Joyce Moreno and Dr Molly Miller. She regularly performs with ReRoute, a jazz guitar and vocal duo with Rufina Tishina. Emily is the founder of The Kind of New Series, a curation of shows aimed at connecting newly emerging jazz artists and students with professional improvising musicians. She is also a key member of the team behind The Dublin Jazz Co-Op. Aside from her work in jazz, Emily appears on Dublin’s pop scene regularly with singer-songwriter Gemma Cox. Emily's lessons focus on keeping music fun and accessible, she encourages students to work at their own pace and focus on the areas that really connect to them.
I was born and studied in Ukraine. Since childhood, I have loved music and connected my life with it. At music school, college and academy, I studied as a pianist and vocalist. Now I have a master's degree. I have been teaching piano lessons to children and adults for more than five years, and I would love to teach you.
Ioana Constantin Pipelea
Award-winning soprano Ioana Constantin Pipelea is a graduate of M.A in Music Performance and B.A in Mus Performance at RIAM and Trinity College Dublin. Ioana is a professional opera singer, she performed as a soloist with the RTÉ NSO at NCH Dublin, Wexford Festival Opera at National Opera House, Lismore Opera Festival, Ulster Orchestra, Associate Artist at NI Opera 2021-2022 etc. In 2022 Ioana won the 2nd Prize at Corsica Lirica International Singing Competition in France. Ioana also completed the Diploma in Music Teaching and Performing at RIAM and DCU.
Rodrigo Almonte is a Peruvian musician, composer and educator based in Dun Laoghaire. He has played and taught extensively on the International scene with his own different musical projects. Rodrigo studied his bachelor degree in music in Brazil and Ireland, received his Cum Laude master degree in Jazz Performance while studying in The Netherlands and New York and recently has been awarded DCU’s PhD research scholarship for his ongoing research in Andean Peruvian music.
Rudolf was born in Slovakia and started playing violin from a very early age.Growing up in a family of professional musicians, he took his first violin lesson at the tender age of five.
Having graduated from the National Conservatory of Music in Slovakia, where he studied classical music, he continued his education with master's classes and courses from some of the world's best-known violinists to polish and refine his playing and musical knowledge.Rudolf started his musical career as an orchestra player in The Symphony Orchestra of Kosice in Slovakia for two seasons before deciding to move on and travel the world, meeting new people and working with a huge variety of musicians.
Soon he realized that classical music was not the only musical style, so he began to learn Jazz, which was always one of his favorite styles of music. He established himself as a well-known jazz violinist in Slovakia and in other countries as he appeared at some international jazz festivals in Europe and also in North and South America. These experiences have contributed to his unique playing style, being a blend of classical and jazz violin.
Adam is a BIMM graduate who is deeply woven into the Irish music industry. Playing the country's largest venues like the Olympia and Vicar Street, he has also performed on Radio and for TV on multiple occasions. His current band Big Love has shared a vinyl album with some of the country's most influential artists such as Bono, Glen Hansard, and Damien Rice. He regularly gigs around the country in it's most popular venues. Adam has been playing and teaching Jazz, Rock, Blues, Theory and production for 6 years with a modern, practical method using tracks and simulating the feeling of being in a band from the first couple of lessons.
Gemma Cox is a pianist and singer-songwriter from Naas. She is classically trained, receiving her licentiate diploma in piano teaching from the RIAM while completing her BA in French and Music in Trinity College Dublin. She is no stranger to a stage, as she performs her original music regularly and released her debut EP "Tall Stories" in December of last year. Gemma aims to foster an appreciation for music in her students, by connecting classical teaching methods with contemporary music.