Kevin Hanafin

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Head of Orchestral Studies


MMus BMus

Kevin Hanafin studied at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, now TU Dublin Conservatoire, and graduated in 1995 with a BMus (Performance) Degree, he was awarded the Michael McNamara gold medal for excellence in performance in his final year examination.  He pursued postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, London from 1996.  In 1998 he graduated from the RIAM with a Masters in Music performance.

Along with several competition successes he has performed as concerto soloist with the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble and the TU Dublin Wind Ensemble.  Kevin has performed regularly as principal saxophonist with RTÉ Concert, National Symphony Orchestras and Ulster Orchestra.  In addition he has featured as soloist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra on many occasions.  Other performance activities include a solo recital at the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre and participation in the lunchtime classic choice recitals.  He was an inaugural member of contemporary music group Crash Ensemble and has performed with them throughout Canada, USA and Europe.  Kevin has performed with Riverdance in their tenth anniversary season with performances in Ireland, USA and Europe and going on to act as musical director for performances in Egypt.

In 2017, Kevin was appointed Assistant Head of School at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, and continues with his role at TU Dublin Conservatoire as Head of Orchestral Studies, where he also lectures in saxophone performance.

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