Welcome to the official website of Ailbhe McDonagh - cellist, composer and international performing and recording music artist.
Achill Island concert performing works by Raymond Deane and Mozart with singer Sylvia O'Brien
Demonstrating and performing new compositions at the Irish Composition Summer School.
Performing solo Bach and early repertoire with Niall O'Sullivan at "Music at Castletown House" in Co. Kildare.
June 2017 giving a lecture at the RIAM Teaching Network on "The music of Ailbhe McDonagh and composing for children".
May 2017 lunchtime chamber music recital with Ficino Ensemble in Portaferry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
April 2017 concerts with Kaleidoscope in Dublin and a Hugh Lane Gallery Sunday concert series performance.
Ficino Ensemble chamber music concerts in Cork and in Music for Galway during February 2017.
Ailbhe performed in a David Bowie anniversary tribute concert with Cello Ireland and his guitarist Gerry Leonard in Whelan's, Dublin in January 2017.
Played a series of concerts with Trio Elatha at the Bunratty Folk Festival on 21-22 January
Performed solo with orchestra at Celine Byrne's Christmas Gala at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin, December 2016.
Performed with Cello Ireland in the NCH, Dublin during November 2016.
October 2016 Ailbhe performed Schubert Octet in Wexford with Musici Ireland.
Ailbhe performed in the National Concert Hall Lunchtime Chamber Music Series during August 2016 with the Ficino Ensemble. Schubert quintet, Quartet for the End of Time and many more exciting pieces!
Watch and Listen
For more videos of Ailbhe on YouTube, you can watch them on her channel here which includes performances of Bach/Gounod's Ave Maria and Ravel's Piece en forme de Habanera.
Ave Maria, Bach/Gounod
Piece en forme de Habanera, Maurice Ravel
To listen to Ailbhe playing some traditional Irish music on the cello with Trio Elatha, click on the following link
The Butterfly/Aaron's Key
Named 'CD OF THE WEEK' on LYRIC FM, 'It's a Cello Thing', Ailbhe McDonagh's debut album, was released on Friday 27th April 2012. It is available to download from iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and many others. It is also available to purchase directly from this website in hard copy - please follow this link.
"A Stunning Debut Album", Irish Independent