Dr Diane Daly is a violinist, educator and musical explorer. She made her debut as a soloist with the RTE Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13, has played principal with all the Irish orchestras and toured internationally with ensembles including The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, The European Union Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Ireland and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared as a chamber musician at festivals including West Cork, Kilkenny, Heidelberg, and Aldeburgh. She is in demand as a soloist, and was due to tour Brazil and Chile in 2020 before Covid intervened. In other genres she has performed and recorded alongside many of the biggest names in rock and leads her own jazz trio that is a regular fixture at festivals. Diane is a qualified Dalcroze teacher and for many years ran a parallel career as educator, incorporating Dalcroze approaches into instrumental teaching. In 2015 she brought the two strands of her career together when she embarked upon an Arts Practice PhD investigating the influence of Dalcroze techniques on her professional performance practice. From this research emerged a number of insights and new approaches that became Creative Embodied String Performance (CESP). This incorporates fresh approaches to devising, preparing and performing repertoire. CESP has been successfully piloted with a range of international student and professional ensembles. Diane has run the MA in Classical Strings at the University of Limerick since 2017, and from this base is developing a number of exciting and innovative projects both in Ireland and across Europe that develop the concepts of embodiment, presence, creativity and connection.
Spoken language: English