Acting Director Ronan O'Reilly

Ronan’s musical career is now principally that of a conductor, but also includes teaching, performing, recording, composing, arranging, adjudicating and examining.

The Artane Band performs for thousands at the annual GAA football and hurling championship matches in Croke Park. The Band were honoured to perform for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh on their visit to Croke Park in May of 2011. The bands have toured extensively across the USA, Russia and the UK. More recently they have travelled to the Glasgow Tattoo 2017 and also the Nice Carnival 2017 in the Cote d’Azur, South of France.

Ronan has worked with many of the top names in Irish entertainment over the years with the Artane Ensembles and has also conducted various ensembles including the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dublin Institute Technology Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra and the Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. As an instrumentalist, Ronan has performed in some of the most world-renowned venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall and Chicago Symphony Center. He has worked throughout his career as an oboist and keyboard player with many ensembles including the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Lyric Opera and the Irish Chamber Orchestra and he has been a regular performer on National TV shows over the years.

In August 2007 Ronan was appointed Principal Conductor/Artistic Director of the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble, Ireland’s premiere wind ensemble.He has also been the brass and percussion tutor to the National Youth Orchestras of Ireland for over a decade, acting as NYOI rehearsal conductor on several occasions.

No stranger to the concert hall platform, he has made a name for himself as a conductor whose musical experience comfortably strides the worlds of classical, opera, jazz, pop and musical theatre.