Daniel Dunne Wins The Brennan Prize

Saxophonist, Daniel Dunne was awarded The Brennan Prize of €1000 at the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Future Competition 2010.  Daniel graduated with the Master of Music in Performance Degree in 2010.

Daniel Dunne began his saxophone studies with the Wicklow Concert Band before entering into the Royal Irish Academy of Music under the tutelage of Fintan Sutton.

Daniel is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with a Bachelor of Music Education degree majoring in Performance. On completion of his degree, Daniel entered onto the Performance Masters programme in DIT where he has continued to study with Kevin Hanafin.

In 2008, he was selected to take part in the RTÉ Concert Orchestra mentoring scheme and has since performed with the Orchestra on numerous occasions. In the same year, Daniel was a soloist with the DIT Symphony Orchestra performing the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto and in 2010, he performed Claude Smith's Fantasia for Alto Saxophone with the DIT Wind Ensemble.

Daniel has been a member of the Chatham Saxophone Quartet since the group was formed in 2008. A keen interest in composition has resulted in a number of works and transcriptions for the quartet.

Daniel currently holds teaching posts in Belvedere College, Artane School of Music and also with the Wicklow Concert Band where he teaches saxophone and clarinet among other duties.