ROBERT HOULIHAN CONDUCTOR Robert Houlihan

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Nationality: Irish. Current Holder of an Irish and French Passport.

Languages: English, French, German and Hungarian.



Musical Education:

 

1968-71 Bassoon, Piano, Theory, Harmony: Army School of Music, Dublin
1971-73 Bassoon, Composition, Chamber Music:  Municipal College of Music, Dublin.
1973 Teachers Diploma (L.T.C.L.) from Trinity College, London

 

 

 

 

 



Performance Experience as Orchestral and Chamber Musician:

1974-81 Bassoonist with the Orchestras of Irish Radio/Television (RTÉ)
  Bassoonist with the Ulysses Wind Quintet, specialising in 20th Century Repertoire

 

 

 



Conducting Studies and Scholarships:

1978-1979 Conducting studies with George Hurst, Canford Summer School, England.
1981  Scholarships from Irish and French Governments for study at the European Centre for Musical Research, Metz.
1982-1984 Conducting studies with Léon Barzin, Paris.
1984 Selected to represent Ireland at BBC/European Music Year Masterclasses with Edward Downes and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



International Prizes and Awards:

1981 2nd Prize at Concours International des Jeunes Chefs d'Orchestre , Besançon, France
1983  3rd Prize and Public Prize at International Competition for Young Conductors, Budapest.

 

 

 



Conductor:

1984-90 Regular conductor at Opera- Theatre in Metz as well as frequent concerts with the Orchestre National de Lorraine.
1990-93  Principal Conductor of the Tirgu Mures Philharmonic, Romania.
1991 Guest Conductor at Almeida Festival, London, for premiere of Irish Composer Gerald Barry's opera 'The Intelligence Park'
1992-98 Principal Conductor and Artistic Director, Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Szombathly, Hungary.

 

 

 

 








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