Larissa O'Grady

Since graduating top of her class at CIT Cork School of Music with first class honours, Larissa has had a rich and varied musical career to date. 
Playing contemporary music in chamber ensembles has lead to playing regularly with Crash Ensemble, at Irish Composer Collective performances and in numerous groups at the dynamic music salon Kaleidoscope Night.
 
Pushing the boundaries of music performance settings is something Larissa loves to be involved in. Recent new work includes a performance of Peter Ablinger's '3 Places Dublin' with Dublin Sound Lab, contextualising music performance in the urban environment of Dublin city. In concert, five musicians lead the audience on an interactive navigation through Dublin’s soundscape. Working with other visual artists is something Larissa would like to explore more. A recent performance of a new work written for two dancers and two violinists, using movement and colour was fun. 
 
Playing opera in small chamber music ensembles is also of particular interest and recent performances have included 'The Magic Flute' with Northern Ireland Opera, 'The Oldest Woman in Limerick' with Wide Open Opera and performing Heinrich Marshner's opera "Der Vampyr' by memory, as leader of a twelve piece ensemble in The Everyman Cork's production.
 
Larissa also works regularly with RTE National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Wexford Festival Opera, Ulster Orchestra, Lismore Opera and Irish Film Orchestra.
 
As a music educator, Larissa works with Crumlin violin project and Phibsboro violin project. In 2012 she joined her sister Eimear in founding the HOPE Violin Project in Kolkata, India. It is a project to provide violin lessons for children living in the Hope Foundation children's homes in the city, to encourage the children to enjoy learning an instrument that is available for them to play in the homes, with the hope that they will learn a skill for life in a safe and fun environment.