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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. Since 2020 Maighréad McCrann has been Deputy Chairman of the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra and in the ÖNB advisory board for the allocation of instruments.
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Since 2020 Maighréad McCrann has been Deputy Chairman of the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra
and in the ÖNB advisory board for the allocation of instruments.

Master classes

24.07. – 30.07.2023
Master Class in Neuberg an der Mürz (Austria)


for winning the audition to
Tobias Kausel, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra
for the academy positions to
Nefelina Muselyan, Bruckner Orchester Linz
Denis B. Martin, ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Vienna

Radio Interview

Ö1 Radiokolleg:
Concertmaster Maighréad McCrann talks with Renate Pliem about the bow.

Audio Samples



Release date:
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

Mojca Arnold
Slovenska filharmonija (Ljubljana)

Maximo Aroca Gonzalez
Orquesta de Euskadi, Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao, Orquesta Sinfonica de Burgos,
Orquesta de Camara Reina Sofia

Judit Bofarull
Professor Conservatori Municipal
de Música de Barcelona

Claire Dolby
Wiener Symphoniker

Florian Eger
Theater Ulm

Ferdi Fanaj
Teacher at the music school in Pristina

Daniel Gil
Professor Conservatori Municipal
Mestre Montserrat de Vilanova

Stephanie Grandpierre
Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich

Noemi Huszar
Ungarische Staatsoper

Rumyana Jankova
Hamburger Symphoniker

Tobias Kausel
Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

Elena Kodin
Wiener Symphoniker

Javier Morales Lopes
Sede Orquesta Sinfónica de tenerife

Anna Marchercyk
Bremer Philharmoniker

Denis B. Martin
ORF-Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

Nefelina Muselyan 
Bruckner Orchester Linz

Levan Pagava
Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Liege)

Doris Panzl
Bremer Philharmoniker

David Peralta Alegre
Dutch National Opera Amsterdam,
Professor Orchestral Performance
Conservatorium Amsterdam

Claire Quezel
ORF-Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien,
Wiener Symphoniker, Brucknerorchester Linz,
Haydn Philharmonie

Violaine Regnier
ORF-Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

Fabian Romera
Fundación Orquesta de Extremadura

Ulrika Rysgaard
Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester

Catalina Sureda
Professor Conservatori Superior de Música
de les Illes Balears (Mallorca)

Class Party 2018/19

Class Party 2017/18


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:
WS: 03.06.
SS: 13.01.
WS: 01.05.
SS: 01.12.
The next exams are on 05.02.2020 and 01.07.2020.
Click here to get the application form
What are the requirements for the entrance exam?
Click here to see all the information:
Is it possible to have a lesson with you before the audition?
I cannot possibly teach everybody who asks for a lesson. The fairest way is if you send me a short video (max. 10 min) to get an idea of your level. 
Is it possible to do an Erasmus exchange with you?
Of course. For more information please contact the Kug Erasmus coordinator,
Ms. Irene Hofmann-Wellenhof: irene.hofmann-wellenhof@kug.ac.at
Where can I attend master classes?
24.07. – 30.07.2023
Neuberg an der Mürz (Austria)

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12.07. – 18.07.2022
Neuberg an der Mürz (Austria)

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21.07 – 26.07.2021
Neuberg an der Mürz (Austria)
Application deadline: 15.06.2021
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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
Brescia, Italy


08. – 14.07.2019
Granada, Spain
Link to application form
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