Sunday 20 October 2019

Star musician Evin spreads accord at awards gala

Edel O'Connell

AWARD-winning musician Evin Kelly first took up the classical accordion at the age of six -- to be like his big brother.

Now, at the tender age of 20, he has already won every available competitive title for the classical accordion in Ireland.

Last night, he returned from his studies at the prestigious Sibelius Academy in Finland to perform at the 12th annual High Achiever awards gala concert in the magnificent surroundings of Dublin's Freemason's Hall.

Twelve future stars, chosen from more than 42,000 music students with the Royal Irish Academy of Music, performed alongside Evin, who was once a recipient of the award himself, at the concert.

The annual recipients get an opportunity to perform in gala concerts the length and breadth of Ireland.

Singer Sinead O'Connor, Kian Egan of Westlife, 'Harry Potter' actress Evanna Lynch and TV presenter Lisa Cannonare are among the hundreds of luminaries, who have, since participating in the programme, gone on to forge highly successful careers.

Since it began in 1999, more than 400,000 people have participated in the Royal Irish Academy of Music exams, and from this, 5,000 have received a High Achiever award.

Irish Independent

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