Micheal O Suilleabhain is Chair of Music and
Founder/Director of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. Noted for his development of a uniquely Irish traditional piano style, he has recorded extensively with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He was awarded an Honorary D.Mus from the National University of Ireland at his Alma
Mater, University College Cork, in 2005 for his contribution to music in Ireland over the past thirty years.
His most recent recordings include ELVER GLEAMS: New and Selected Recordings (EMI 2010), and the DVD Irish Destiny: music for the historic 1925 silent movie of the same name (Irish Film Institute: Dublin 2006). His most recent publications include was ‘Parallel Universes: Poetics, Politics, and the State of Play’: a keynote address to the European conference Arts Research: The State of Play (Dublin 2008), and ‘ELVER GLEAMS: Sounding from the Irish World Academy’(University of Caen Irish Studies Programme 2010). Recent compositions include Duan Déiseach (2006) for string quartet, piano and sean nos singer (on a poem by Aine Ui Foghlu), Freagra Scéine (2007) for string quartet, piano and sean nos singer (on a poem by Paddy Bushe), Francesco Walks for Baroque band and Irish traditional Donegal fiddlers commissioned by Ar Ais Arís Festival, Buncranna 2008);UNSUNG for piano, cello, bass clarinet, and sean nos singer, commissioned by Carlow Arts Festival for Rex Levitates Dance Company with choreography by Liz Roche (Carlow 2008), Fideliio Undung piano trio, and EKLEGO for tape and traditional musicians: a revival of an early 1984 experimental work (2010).