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Michael d’Arcy was born in Belfast and began playing the violin at the age of seven. He studied with Harry Cawood, Pavel Crisan and Lydia Mordkovitch. He won first prize in the 1987 RTE "Musician of the Future" competition and in the same year was Awarded the Bass Ireland Arts Award.


Since his London debut in 1990 with the Walton violin concerto, Michael has performed throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas as soloist, chamber musician and orchestra leader. He appears frequently as soloist with the leading Irish orchestras. In recent seasons he has performed Vivaldi concertos for two violins on tour with Nigel Kennedy; chamber music performances with Barry Douglas, Hugh Tinney and John O’Conor; live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and RTE, and concerto appearances in Ireland, Belarus and in Korea. He was soloist in Shostakovitch’s first violin concerto with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, conducted by Eri Klas in Limerick, Dublin, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, and in other venues in Germany and the Netherlands. In 2008 he gave the US premiere of the violin concerto by Benjamin Guttierez with the Washburn Symphony conducted by Norman Gamboa.


Michael d’Arcy was leader of the National Symphony Orchestra (1992-3) and the RTE Concert Orchestra (1994-2000) and has guest led English National Opera, BBC Scottish Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Ulster Orchestra and Irish Chamber Orchestra. He is the Professor of Violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.


Michael d’Arcy plays on violins by Carlo Giuseppe Testore, made in Milan in 1710, and and by Roger Hansell, made in Yorkshire in 2008.