Irish violinist Darragh Morgan (b. 1974) leads a successful career in classical music known for his versatile ability to perform music from baroque to contemporary styles. He frequently performs and records solo and concerto repertoire including world premiere and works dedicated to him written by major contemporary composers such as Arvo Pärt, Sir John Tavener, Kevin Volans, Gerald Barry and Michael Finnissy. His impeccable technique and openness to explore new styles are widely recognised that led to regular collaborations with artists such as Thomas Adès, Emmanuel Pahud and Nicholas Daniel. World-class international groups, including Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Group and Les Siècles have invited Darragh to be their guest leader that has seen him working closely with conductors Pierre Boulez, François-Xavier Roth, Oliver Knussen and Heinz Holliger.
As a soloist, Darragh has performed in Wien Modern, Festival d’Automne Paris, Osterfestival Tirol, Lucerne Festival, BBC Prom Chamber Music, Aldeburgh, Spitalfields, Cheltenham, and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. His interest in chamber music has led him to found The Fidelio Trio. Described by The Sunday Times as “the virtuosic Fidelio Trio”, they have performed in Wigmore Hall and Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, and recorded Michael Nyman’s complete piano trios for MN Records and Philip Glass trios on Orange Mountain Music. As former violinist in the Smith Quartet, the group performed and recorded with as diverse artists as Louis Andriessen, Gavin Bryars and Steve Reich, and gave concerts in Seoul Arts Centre and The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.
Darragh has recorded over 50 solo and chamber albums for classical music labels including NMC, Naxos, Resonus Classics and Signum. He serves on the violin faculty at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and previously at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is regularly invited to give masterclasses at world-class institutions such as Peabody Conservatory and Curtis Institute. His achievements as a musician are heavily indebted to his teachers and coaches including Yehudi Menuhin, Mauricio Fuks, Pinchas Zukerman, Detlef Hahn and the Amadeus and Takács Quartets during his formative years.
Darragh plays an 1848 Giuseppe Rocca violin, generously on loan from the Morgan-Rocca Instrument Trust which is administered by The Royal Society of Musicians.
March 2017 – Not to be edited without prior permission.
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