Belvedere House 15th October 2015, 4.30pm

Ireland’s only international award winning violin and viola ensemble, Collailm Duo, is comprised of Cork sisters Karina and Aiveen Gallagher. Since their debut in 2014, they have been dazzling audiences in Europe with their passion, virtuosity, and technical brilliance. This pre-eminent Irish Duo have won prizes at international chamber music competitions in France and Italy, and have been recognised by some of the greatest artists of our time for their outstanding musical qualities and flair on stage. Inspired by the many countries in which they have lived and worked, Collailm Duo will showcase an eclectic mix of works for violin and viola at the highest international level. This concert is sure to delight and enthrall.


Collailm Duo is Ireland’s pre-eminent international award winning violin and viola ensemble, comprised of sisters Karina and Aiveen Gallagher. Since their debut in the Vilnius State Theatre in July 2014, Collailm have performed at many iconic and historic venues in Europe, such as the Teatro Rossini, Puglia, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and the spectacular St. Peter and Pauls, Krakow. The Duo have also performed at venues in Ireland including the Hugh Lane Gallery and the University of Limerick, and have featured at the Forte Festival Cork and MusicTown Festival Dublin. Collailm have been the recipients of numerous international scholarships and awards, most recently the ‘concerti premio’ of the Livorno Music Festival, Italy. Collailm have also been awarded scholarships by legendary artists, violinist Ivry Gitlis and violist Bruno Giuranna.


The duo have been awarded the prize of ‘Francesco Caramia’ by the Paolo Grassi Foundation, Italy, a scholarship to take a residency at the world renowned Banff Centre, Canada and they are the only violin/viola ensemble to be added to the artist roster of ProQuartet, Paris. The sisters have also had tremendous success on the international competition circuit, winning top prizes at International Chamber Music Competitions in both France and Italy. Collailm Duo’s outstanding debut year has seen them garner attention and support from some of the foremost internationally acclaimed artists of our time. Lauded for their virtuosity, phantasy, expressiveness and technical brilliance, Karina and Aiveen Gallagher are Irish artists with a truly international flair.


‘The high artistic standard of the Duo would make them an asset to any institution with which they may be associated’ – Bruno Giuranna.

‘Top level music making on a European and International scale’ – Anton Martynov.

‘These dynamic young women present a refreshing and captivating approach to music and performance and I support them most enthusiastically’ – Gary Hoffman.

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