Irish fiddle player, Zoë Conway, is a prodigious talent, equally at home in both traditional Irish and classical styles. Zoë has performed across the globe, both as a solo artist and also playing with international acts such as Riverdance, Damien Rice, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Lisa Hannigan, Nick Cave and Lou Reed among others. She is a holder of the much coveted All-Ireland Senior Fiddle Champion title, winning the prestigious competition in 2001. She was voted Best Traditional Female of the Year in Irish Music Magazine and she is also a featured musician on the current Leaving Certificate music syllabus in Ireland. Zoë is increasingly in demand as a tutor, regularly giving workshops and lectures on the merits of classical and traditional music on the violin. She has performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, L’Orient, Tonder and Womad and has also performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world including The National Concert Hall, Dublin; The Kremlin, Russia; The Kennedy Centre, Washington; The Broadway Gershwin Theatre, New York and Carnegie Hall, New York.
Zoë has played as guest soloist with many Irish orchestras including The Ulster Orchestra, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The National Symphonia Orchestra of Ireland, The Irish Film Orchestra and The Irish Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed internationally as soloist with Il Gardino Armonico of Italy, The Symphony Orchestra of Galicia in Spain, The Magogo Chamber Orchestra, Holland and WDR Symphony Orchestra, Germany. In May 2000 Zoë was guest soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra at the world premier of Inishlacken, composed by Bill Whelan in the Kennedy Centre, Washington. The concerto for two violins and chamber orchestra was written especially with Zoë’s unique mastery in mind, as it combines both the classical and traditional styles.
She went on to tour with the Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) in their Winter Tour 2000, and continues to perform regularly with them. She was delighted to perform with the ICO in April 2004 in Brussels at a special concert to mark Ireland’s presidency of the EU. The most prestigious concert with the ICO was in Carnegie Hall in March 2005, where she performed the world premiere of Carna, a concerto for violin, singer and dancer which was also composed by Bill Whelan. In December 2005, he completed the series entitled Postcards from Connemara with a final piece called Errisbeg for violin, harp and chamber orchestra. The three works were performed together for the first time at the University of Limerick Concert Hall, with Zoë soloing in all three. These three concertos have since been recorded and the album was released in February 2008. She was honoured to perform some of these pieces as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra as part of the 1916 centenary celebrations at a televised outdoor performance at Collins Barracks in Dublin attended by President Michael D. Higgins.