Pipes & Harp
Hailing from a musical family in Portlaoise, Ireland, Triona began studying harp at age seven. Her natural talent led her to receive tuition under Aileen McArdle and by age eighteen, she began a four-year degree at Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag studying under Professor Edward Witsenburg. Triona undertook her postgraduate studies at London’s Royal College of Music, under the tutelage of Daphne Boden, graduating in 1998.
From this time until 2003, Triona was principal harpist with The RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Highlights from this period include numerous performances, television and radio broadcasts of the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo and the Harp Concerto in B-flat by George Friedrich Handel. Other work as a soloist with the Concert Orchestra includes her performance of The Seville Suite by Bill Whelan and The Pilgrim by Shaun Davey.
In 2003, a chance ticket to a Martin Hayes concert and a one-off performance with The Chieftains at the BBC Proms in the Park ignited an enduring passion for Irish traditional music, beginning the journey that Triona has been on ever since. Six months after what was intended to be a one-off guest performance with The Chieftains, Triona was asked back and has been performing with them ever since, engaging in extensive world-wide tours,recording on platinum-selling albums and even receiving an Honourary Doctorate from Dublin Institute of Technology.
Triona recently released a ground-breaking new harp-album called ‘Between Two Ways’. It features an exceptional mix of musicians, Paddy Maloney, Martin Hayes, Sean Keane, and Tim Edey to name a few, and a captivating array of melodies old and new.