Máire Carroll is a recipient of the Jim McNaughton/TileStyle Artist Bursary (Business to Arts Awards, 2015) and the 2012 winner of the €10,000 Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Music Bursary, the first and only pianist to have won these prestigious awards. In October 2015, Maire was awared the inaugural 'Irish Hertiage' bursary following auditions at Wigmore Hall, London. She began her piano studies, aged four, at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Gillian Smith later studying with Dr. John O’Conor and Reamonn Keary. Máire has completed her undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music and is currently completing her Masters (M.Mus degree), on scholarship, with Christopher Elton.
Recent performances include a voice and song duo recital at the 2016 Oundle International Music Festival, a lunchtime recital at Wigmore Hall as part of the Music for the Moment Series, a recital at The Irish Embassy in Latvia in celebration of St. Patrick's Day and a lunchtime recital at the 2016 Leeds International Chamber Music Festival, a collaboration with the London Sinfonietta at St. John’s Smith Square in celebration of English composer John Woolrich’s 60th Birthday and a performance at the Royal Academy of Music 400+ Concert Series.
Other highlights include a solo performance at the Barbican, London in celebration of Ireland’s EU Presidency in April2013. In August 2012, Máire gave her solo debut at the National Concert Hall, Dublin in association with the Feis Ceoil Mabel Swainson Award as well as a solo recital at the Peppercanister Church, Dublin.
Máire was one of three Irish representatives who participated in the 2012 Dublin International Piano Competition and she gave a Rising Star recital in the RDS in 2012. Máire was a winner of the William Finlay Award in association with the Dublin International Piano Competition. In 2010, Máire won the Royal Irish Academy of Music’s Maura & Lucien Tessier Bursary worth €12,500 also winning the award for the highest theory candidate the same year at the Academy.
Concerto appearances include a recent performance with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland at the National Concert Hall in June 2015, Mozart Piano Concerto K.488 with the Orchestra of St. Cecilia and a performance of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 with the Hibernian Orchestra in 2012 as the winner of the inaugural Hibernian Orchestra Concerto Competition. In 2011, Máire performed at the Horowitz Festival, in Kiev, with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine. She performed Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 in the National Concert Hall, Dublin with the Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra in November 2010.
Máire is a winner of all major national competitions in Ireland including the following competitions: The Huban, Hamilton Harty, Heneghan, Dorothy Stokes, John Field, Biggs and Patrica Read Cups. Máire is the 2012 winner of the Mabel Swainson Award and also the winner of the 2010 Morris Grant Bursary & Scholarship awarded by Feis Ceoil, Ireland. In her last year of secondary school she won the 2009 Fr. Frank Maher Scholarship awarded to a second level student in Dublin. Máire has been a recipient of various scholarships supporting her study a broad and attendance at summer festivals. Attending the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado, USA, for the summers of 2010 and 2009, Máire received a New Horizon Fellowship to cover all tuition, travel and accommodation costs. In 2011, Máire participated in the Horowitz Festival and received a scholarship to participate in Pianofest in the Hamptons, New York. In 2012, Máire was awarded a scholarship to attend The Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada studying privately with Nelita True and Támas Úngar. The following summer she attended MusicAlp in Tignes with her teacher Christopher Elton. In 2015 Maire was invited to perform at the prestigious Encuentro de Musica music festival in Santander, Spain.
As well as performing solo repertoire, Máire has a keen interest in chamber music and song accompaniment. During her undergraduate study, Máire was the official accompanist of the English Song Class at the Royal Academy of Music. She has given performances in the United Kingdom and Ireland with her trio and several duo partners. She most recently performed Brahms Clarinet Trio, Op.114, Fauré Violin and Piano Sonata Op.13 and Prokofiev Sonata for Flute and Piano Op.94. Máire was chosen twice by the Royal Academy to perform in one of their annual +400 chamber concerts. Máire has a keen interest in contemporary music and this had led to her recent collaboration with the London Sinfonietta. She is a member of KIRKOS ensemble and continues to perform with the contemporary ensemble in Ireland, most recently taking part in the BLACKOUT series which was supported by a FundIt campaign. Máire will give a solo recital during their 2016-2017 season as part of the KIRKOS Kabaret series,
In 2011 and 2012 Máire participated in a series of masterclasses at The Juilliard School in New York with Robert McDonald and at Eastman School of Music, Rochester with Nelita True. She has also had the pleasure of working with Yoheved Kaplinsky, Yevgheni Subdin, Yakov Kasman, Stephen Osbourne, Stephen Hough, Jacques Rouvier, Phillipe Cassard, Finghin Collins, Kathy Stott and Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron.
In 2014, Máire made her US solo debut in Philadelphia. Máire was invited by the Royal Academy of Music, London to perform Schubert ‘Trockne Blumen’ Variations with flute in Duke’s Hall. She performed at the RDS Rising Star event and gave a chamber and solo recital of contemporary Irish works at the Irish Composers Collective Ten Year Anniversary Festival. In 2015, Máire performed a recital for The Royal Dublin Philharmonic Society.
Máire was awarded her LRAM degree in July 2016 and is the 2016 winner of the Royal Academy of Music's Franz Reichstein Award, awarded by the Academy for outstanding achievement throughout the year.