Aoife began learning the violin at the age of 7 under the tuition of David Lee in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. She learned through the internationally renowned Suzuki Method, quickly becoming a regular performer and prizewinner. She made her debut at the age of 12 in Dún Laoghaire's Pavillion Theatre, playing Paganini's Cantabile. After school, Aoife moved to Cork, where she was born. She continued her violin studies at CIT Cork School of Music with the renowned Romanian violinist, Ruxandra Petcu-Colan. She majored in Pedagogy and Music Performance, graduating with Honours from both her Bachelor of Music Degree, and her Music Performance Masters. Her performance career has brought her from all around Ireland as far as New York, Including France, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She has performed with Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Vanburgh Quartet, Hibernian Symphony Orchcestra, Co-Orch and Wellington Chamber Orchestra, and international artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Killian Donnelly, Celtic Woman, Russell Watson, among others.
Her teaching career started at 18, when she joined the staff of Emer Halpenny School of Drama (now known as 'Behind the Scenes: School of Drama'), in Stillorgan. She taught Speech & Drama classes there, while studying for her Diploma of Associate (teaching) with the Irish Board of Speech & Drama. During her second year in CIT Cork School of Music, she was selected by the Head of strings for her first professional violin teaching position. She taught in several local schools and with Cork's VEC, and also taught at CIT Cork School of Music, when she was studying for her Masters. With over 15 years teaching experience, Aoife is now delighted to welcome you to her own violin studio. She will resume her studies this year, as she will begin training to become a Suzuki teacher. She looks forward to merging this valuable educational platform with her own.
Performance has been a constant in Aoife's life. Her ability to improvise and be versatile enables her to produce a range of styles, from classical and country, to rock, jazz and Irish traditional. She continues to perform with orchestras, string quartets and a variety of bands and music groups, regularly frequenting Dublin's best known music halls and venues. She is now experimenting with multi layer music on her 5-string electric violin, allowing her skills and innovation to come together on a solo platform. Her most recent electric violin project is a collaboration with Aerial Cirque, and she hopes to soon showcase her aerial violin skills alongside professional aerial silk performers.
LoveViolin studio services are currently tailored towards St Raphaela's families, but external students are welcome too (subject to timetable availability). Aoife is always committed to providing an excellent experience and high quality tuition. She really enjoys working with children, and is dedicated to providing a fun and comfortable learning environment for those who would like to learn and love the violin.