Aoife Gibney is the 2016 recipient of the €15,000 RDS Music Bursary. She has recently completed her undergraduate studies in DIT and was awarded a first-class honours degree and the Michael McNamara Gold Medal for Outstanding Performance, and is continuing her vocal study with Patricia MacMahon in Glasgow.
Killian Farrell is a pianist and conductor and a first-class honours graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied musicology. In 2012 he was the first conductor to be appointed to Opera Theatre Company’s Young Associate Artist Programme. In May 2015 Killian was appointed chorus master for the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and made his conducting debut with the orchestra in August 2015. Next year, he will continue his training at the National Opera Studio, London. He is supported by the Roderick Brydon Trust and the South Dublin County Council Annette Halpin Memorial Bursary.