Colm O’Braoin

violin tutor and workshop leader


Irish violinist Colm Ó Braoin studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music under Michael d’Arcy, graduating with first class honours. Colm then went on to study in Belgium at the Institut Supérieur de Musique with Marc Danel and Gilles Millet of Quatuor Danel, achieving Grande Distinction in his final recital.

Whilst at the Royal Irish Academy, Colm led the Symphony, Chamber and Baroque orchestras, touring in China, Japan, Korea and United States of America. Colm has played with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra and was guest concertmaster in 2016 for the City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra. In 2017 he joined Southbank Sinfonia based in London and as an alumnus of the programme continues to work with them regularly.

A passionate chamber musician, Colm was a founding member of Kirkos Ensemble, dedicated to the performance of new music, and performed with the Milesian Quartet in a concert series for the Contemporary Music Centre in Dublin. Colm performed in an onstage quartet for the European premiere of Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize winning opera Silent Night as part of Wexford Festival Opera’s 64th season. Colm is also a winner of the Feis Ceoil Chamber Music Cup and the Hazel de Courcy Cup for String Quartet.
As a soloist, Colm has performed in Dublin and Berlin with RIAM Chamber Orchestra and Trinity Orchestra, and at festivals including La Crea Transeuropéennes in France, the Sorodha international composition competition in Belgium and the Xenia chamber music festival in Italy. This year, Colm gave the Irish premiere of Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons with Co-Orch in Dublin and was a soloist with Southbank Sinfonia at the Anghiari Festival in Italy.