Lisa McLoughlin-Gnemmi


photoLisa Mc Loughlin-Gnemmi has been Assistant Lecturer in Violin at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama since 2001.She studied the violin in Dublin with teachers David Lillis (ex leader of the RTE Symphony Orchestra and String Quartet and member of the London Symphony Orchestra), Maeve Broaderick, Ronald Masin (former leader of the Concertgebow, Rotterdam) and Brian Mc Namara (DIT). Studying at the Royal College of Music for four years inLondon, she received an honours BMus degree receiving also her Performers and Teachers diplomas and ARCM under the tutelage of Rodney Friend (former leader of the NY Philharmonic) and Frances Mason. There she won the RCM Technical Prize and the Sydney Perry Award. During this period she also studied with Harry Caywood (former leader of the San Francisco Orchestra. 

On her return to Dublin Lisa worked with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the RTE Concert Orchestra covering both classical and light repertoire as well as opera. She also worked with Lyric Opera and Opera Ireland. She has also worked as a recording artist with the Irish Film Orchestra as well as doing childrens workshops with the Irish Chamber Orchestra inNorthern Ireland. A versatile artist, Lisa has appeared on television with the RTE Concert Orchestra as well as working with the National Symphony Orchestra on Naxos recordings and in weekly radio broadcasts as well as lunchtime concerts. She has also featured on the Ryan Tubridy show (radio). She has also worked as recording artist with Irish musicians such as Foster and Allen, Paul Brock, The secret Garden, Boyzone, Fury Village and Altan.

Thus, equally comfortable with different genres of music, Lisa has displayed her ability to switch between Irish and classical music, most notably when, after three auditions, the last of which was in London, Lisa was chosen to be one of two solo violinists in Michael Flatley’s ‘Lord of the Dance’. This led to an extensive tour covering South Africa, France and the USA and in doing so played quite often to audiences of 14,000 people per performance.

In 2006-2008, Lisa received a masters degree in Music Performance from DIT achieving a first class honours in her final recital and a 2.1 in her overall degree. During this period she traveled to France to study with Johanna Matkovska (teacher at the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris). During this time, she studied the works of Brian Boydell, in particular, his violin concerto. She wrote a thesis as part of her degree entitled: ‘An Examination of The Violin Concerto of Brian Boydell:  Context, Revisions, Style and Performance’.

In 2006, Lisa participated in the International Academie de Musique in Nice,France, playing Sibelius Violin Concerto, studying with the French concert violinist, and teacher at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris Olivier Charlier.  Other masterclasses include Igor Frolov, Russian violinist and former assistant to the late David Oistrakh, Saschko Gawriloff, (former leader of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) and the late Emmanuel Hurwitz, in Andover outside London. Having studied extensively herself, Lisa has supervised third level DIT students in Pedagogy.

As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed at venues such as The John Field Room at the NCH, TCD, UCD, The Goethe Institute, The Galway Arts Festival, as part the Music for Galway Concert series, Airfield House, the Bank of Ireland Concert series and many Arts Centres around the country. She also regularly performs with her husband, Sylvain Gnemmi, oboist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.