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Monday 22 September 2014

Treat for classical music lovers as violin virtuoso Kenneth returns

Published 26/03/2014 | 05:36

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CLASSICAL music lovers are growing ever more excited ahead of the return this week of one of Tralee's greatest exports in the field for a weekend of recitals and masterclasses.

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Violin virtuoso Kenneth Rice is back in his musical alma mater, the Kerry School of Music, on Saturday and Sunday next, March 29 and 30.

A member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and regular leader of the National Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth is eagerly looking forward to returning to his old music school where he is set to perform alongside school director Aidan O'Carroll in a performance that is simply not to be missed for fans.

A son of Michael and Bride Rice from Bawnboy, Tralee, Kenneth studied the piano and musicianship under the tutelage of Aidan as a teenager. He began his violin studies with the well-known Geraldine O'Grady in Dublin, later studying the instrument under Professor Sirbu and Adrian Petcu in the Cork School of Music.

Since that time Kenneth has established himself as one of the country's top violinists, performing solo with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and with many famous international performers, not least Nigel Kennedy.

His return to the Kerry School of Music is the latest instalment in the school's Masterclass and Recital series, bringing artists of international standing to the county to pass on their skills and insights to our young music students. Kenneth is among a number of former students at the school taking part in the series, including international mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy and the world-famous lyric Wagnerian soprano Miriam Murphy; two Tralee natives also flying the Kerry flag high.

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