About Caoimhe De Paor
Her childhood memories of learning the recorder are extremely positive. It had a huge impact on her choice to continue studying the instrument at third level, partly because of the enthusiasm and encouragement shown by her teacher. She would like to think that she could have the same impact on her students too!
Caoimhe teaches the recorder, clarinet, flute and music theory. Once comfortable with the instrument and reading music, she works on Grade 1-8 ABRSM or Trinity exams with her students, as it gives a nice sense of achievement and is a useful tool for the students to understand their level and ability. However, she also sees the value in having lessons without exams and likes to find other ways to help motivate students to learn. Caoimhe is happy to accommodate either of these approaches.
Having graduated top of her class from the Cork School of Music (B.Mus), Caoimhe moved to London, where she gained a distinction in her Masters in Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She was also awarded the school's Concert Recital Diploma (for outstanding recital performance). Caoimhe went on to become an Artist Fellow at the conservatoire and was also invited to take part in the Handel House Talent Scheme (2014-15).
She has studied with Ian Wilson, Robert Ehrlich, Pamela Thorby (GSMD) and Elizabeth Jones (CSM), as well as pariticipating in masterclasses with Kees Boeke, Karl van Steenhoven, Piers Adams, Sebastien Marq, Dan Laurin, Drora Bruck and Eric Bosgraaf.
Caoimhe has achieved a number of competition successes in Ireland and the UK. She was a semi-finalist in the Irish Freemason's Young Musician of the Year for two consecutive years, a finalist in the Worshipful Company of Needlemaker's competition, a finalist in the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarships and won first prize in the Recorder Conservatoire competition at the North London Festival of Music.
Caoimhe has performed as a chamber musician and soloist in prominent events and venues, including Wigmore Hall (Chamber Tots series), Wilton's Music Hall, Handel and Hendrix Museum, Crypt of Mont St. Michel, Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival, East Cork Early Music Festival, St. Barrahane's Festival...