© Nancy Horowitz
Maighréad McCrann has been 1. Concertmaster of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1993. In 1997 she was appointed Professor of violin at the University of Performing Arts in Graz. During this time she has also enjoyed a versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician and directing chamber orchestras from the violin. Her passion for teaching has resulted in many masterclasses and intense coaching with the youth orchestras of Spain, Catalunya, Columbia, the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra and the National Orchestral Institute in Washington. Born in Dublin where she studied with Brian McNamara, she graduated from Trinity College of music in 1984 and commenced studying in Vienna with Ernst Kovacic. Further violin lessons with Sandor Vegh and David Takeno. She was a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and played baroque violin with Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s Concentus Musicus. In 2020 she was appointed to the board of the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra and became a member of the advisory committee of the Austrian National Bank for the allocation of valuable instruments. She is artistic director of the Neuberg Masterclasses in Austria.
Since 2020 Maighréad McCrann has been Deputy Chairman of the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra
and in the ÖNB advisory board for the allocation of instruments.
24.07. – 30.07.2023
Master Class in Neuberg an der Mürz (Austria)
© Julia Wesely
Here is a selection of recordings in which Maighréad McCrann has participated.
El Periódico (Barcelona, Katalanien) 22.04.2015
[…] Die Konzertmeisterin glänzte in Des Helden Gefährtin mit ihrer lyrischen Interpretation, voll von Virtuosität. […]
Kronen Zeitung (Österreich), 14.04.2015
[…] grazil und emotional: Sologeigerin Maighréad McCrann […]
International Record Review (February 2015)
[…] Leader Maighréad McCrann is magnificent in her long solo: now seductive, now skittish, her contribution is a major point in favour of this performance.
El mundo (Madrid, Spanien) 22.04.2015
[…] Eine spezielle Erwähnung verdient die Konzertmeisterin, Maighrèad McCrann, die im dritten Teil, Des Helden Gefährtin (La compañera del héroe), seelenruhig wie eine Konzertsolistin agierte. Sie zeigt ihr überaus hohes technisches Können/Entfaltung, das sie in den Dienst der verschiedenen zu vermittelnden Gefühle wie Verführung, Freude, Stolz und Zartheit stellte. […]
Gramophone Magazine (February 2015)
[…] The violin solo depicting Strauss’s loving wife Pauline is charismatically played by Maighréad McCrann […]
Kleine Zeitung (Österreich) 14.04.2015
[…] Hinreißend schön spielte Maighréad McCrann das Violinsolo. […]
Extensive teaching in numerous master classes in Europe and the US (National Orchestral Institute) led in 1997 to the appointment as a professor for violin at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. In addition to teaching at the KUG Maighréad McCrann is regularly invited as a teacher at the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra, the Jonde (National Youth Orchestra of Spain) and the National Orchestral Institute in Washington, USA.
Many of her students have made international careers:
Jose Manuel Alvarez de Losada
Professor Conservatory of Music and Dance,
Palma de Mallorca
Slovenska filharmonija (Ljubljana)
Maximo Aroca Gonzalez
Orquesta de Euskadi, Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao, Orquesta Sinfonica de Burgos,
Orquesta de Camara Reina Sofia
Professor Conservatori Municipal
de Música de Barcelona
Teacher at the music school in Pristina
Professor Conservatori Municipal
Mestre Montserrat de Vilanova
Malta Philharmonic Orchestra
Javier Morales Lopes
Sede Orquesta Sinfónica de tenerife
Denis B. Martin
Bruckner Orchester Linz
Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Liege)
David Peralta Alegre
Dutch National Opera Amsterdam,
Professor Orchestral Performance
Wiener Symphoniker, Brucknerorchester Linz,
Fundación Orquesta de Extremadura
Professor Conservatori Superior de Música
de les Illes Balears (Mallorca)
Class Party 2018/19
Class Party 2017/18
F.A.Q. ABOUT STUDYING AT KUG IN GRAZ
ATTENTION: Due to COVID-19, admission tests in June/July 2020 will not take place in person. Applicants must make a YouTube video (please copy the link into the applicant management), which will be viewed and discussed by the admissions committee.
The link for this YouTube video must be inserted into KUGOnline by 15.06.2020 at the latest when applying. This applies to both Bachelor and Master applications.
The general theory test is expected to take place on 16.09.2020.
When do I have to send the application for the entrance exams?
You have two possibilities. One for the Winter Semester (July) and one for the Summer Semester (February). These are the deadlines:
The next exams are on 05.02.2020 and 01.07.2020.
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What are the requirements for the entrance exam?
Is it possible to have a lesson with you before the audition?
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Is it possible to do an Erasmus exchange with you?
Of course. For more information please contact the Kug Erasmus coordinator,
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Where can I attend master classes?
12.07. – 18.07.2022
Neuberg an der Mürz (Austria)
21.07 – 26.07.2021
Neuberg an der Mürz (Austria)
Application deadline: 15.06.2021
Unfortunately the master class in Neuberg an der Mürz (Austria)
from 17.07. to 22.07.2020 is cancelled due to Covid-19.
Royal Irish Academy of Music, Ireland
29.07. – 03.08.2019
08. – 14.07.2019
Link to application form
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