Violinist Mairéad Hickey awarded Music Performance Bursary at Centre Culturel Irlandais

10 April 2019



Violinist Mairéad Hickey awarded the prestigious Music Network/Centre Culturel Irlandais Music Performance Bursary for 2019-2020


Music Network is pleased to announce that violinist Mairéad Hickey has been awarded the Music Network/Centre Culturel Irlandais Music Performance Bursary 2019/20.

The Music Network/ Centre Culturel Irlandais Music Performance Bursary was established to enable residencies for Irish musicians at the centre in Paris to further their performance careers, as well as being an important means of showcasing Ireland’s dynamic contemporary culture on an international stage.

The one month residency offers the recipient many opportunities to tap into the resources of the CCI and Paris, as a gateway to European touring networks. Former recipients of the music residency in association with Music Network are Aisling Kenny (2018-19), Sam Comerford (2017-18), Barry Donoghue (2016-17 and Rhob Cunningham (2015-16).

Nora Hickey M’Sichili, director of Centre Culturel Irlandais, today announced the recipients of residencies and bursaries for the Centre’s 2019-2020 programme. Thirty-six artists across the spectrum of artistic backgrounds will spend from one month to three months in Paris to develop their proposed projects.

Violinist Mairéad Hickey was NCH Irish Young Musician of the Year 2010–2012, and her other awards include a Special Prize in the Berliner International Music Competition and the Manhattan International Music Competition.  Performing regularly throughout Ireland, she has played with both the RTÉ National Concert and Symphony Orchestras as well Camerata Ireland and Kremerata Baltica. She has performed in every major concert hall in Ireland, and abroad in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, London, Beethoven-Haus, Bonn and Carnegie Hall, New York.  Mairéad also plays traditional Irish music and has won eight world Irish fiddle titles. She is supported by the Arts Council and the Music Network Music Capital Scheme, funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Music Network’s mission is to make high quality live music available and accessible to people throughout Ireland, regardless of their location or circumstance. Central to Music Network’s mission is supporting the performance careers of professional musicians. This is achieved through provision of a range of programmes including touring and performance, commissioning, residencies, learning and participation initiatives and direct funding schemes, as well as complementary supports including information, training and advice services. More at

Located in the heart of the Latin quarter, in the old Irish College, the Centre Culturel Irlandais is Ireland’s flagship cultural centre in Europe. The Centre presents the work of contemporary Irish artists and musicians while fostering a vibrant and creative resident community. In addition to its diverse cultural programme, the Centre houses France’s primary multi-media library of resources on Ireland as well as significant historic archives, an Old Library and chapel. More at

Music Network is funded by the Arts Council