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Elizabeth Cooney performs internationally as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. London based, she was most recently guest leader of the dynamic and exciting Aurora Orchestra at the Oxford Lieder Festival, having toured with them to Australia in October 2014 as principal violin at the Melbourne Arts Festival for their residency there. She has also been invited as guest principal to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia orchestras. She has performed as soloist many times with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, having toured with them and appearing on RTE TV Symphony Sessions. She will perform on tour with the NSO/Conor Palliser again in April 2015 performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Other orchestras she has appeared as soloist with include the Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra of Sweden, the Slovenian Philharmonic, the Ulster Orchestra (with whom she recorded Mozart's Concerto no.1 for BBC Radio 3) and the RTE Concert Orchestra.

Elizabeth is a keen chamber musician and has performed with pianists John O'Conor, Finghin Collins, Cristina Ortiz, Huw Watkins and Mei Yi Foo among others. She has performed chamber music recitals at the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room, the Conway Hall in London, the Weill Hall at Carnegie and at many of the major festivals including Canterbury, Cambridge, West Cork Chamber Music, Edinburgh Fringe and the Musica Nova Festival in Brazil. In 2014 Elizabeth toured in Ireland with pianist Finghin Collins and cellist Marc Coppey; in 2015 she touring to music festivals with Finghin Collins performing repertoire for piano and violin by Schubert, Elgar and Szymanowski.  In May 2017 she toured in Ireland as "Elizabeth Cooney" and Friends with Máiread Hickey, Simon Aspell, Ruth Gibson, Guy Johnston and Brian O'Kane.   This Sextet plan to tour again in autumn 2018.


For Elizabeth's engagements in the UK see 2017 Engagements

quotes & reviews

'Intelligent, sensitive, creates wonderfully musical lines' - La Libre Belgique

'An unfailingly beautiful sound' - Martin Adams, The Irish Times

'Vrebalov's Spell III, a mesmerising piece for violin interacting with live electronics and pre-recorded choral fragments.' - BBC Music Magazine

'The intricate texture of Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov's The Spell III for violin and live electronics are described with infinite care by Elizabeth Cooney.' - The Strad

See recent live performances with pianist Daniel Hill Beethoven Sonata No.2


Elizabeth has made several CD recordings; most recently she gave the world premiere recording of Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov's ‘The Spell III' for solo violin and live electronics on Louth Contemporary Music's CD entitled Path which was critically acclaimed - 'The intricate texture of Serbian composer's (piece as above) are described with infinite care by Elizabeth Cooney' (The Strad, January 2011). Last year she released a disc of trios by Salomon Jadassohn with her piano trio for Toccata Classics of which was reviewed - 'The Syrius Trio play it (the Jadassohn chamber works) with an unfailingly graceful and light touch that seems sure to endear these pieces to music lovers with a sweet tooth' (Michael Dervan, The Irish Times, April 2010). Her 'Debut' CD with pianist Daniel Hill of works by Brahms, Robert and Clara Schumann as well as Wieniawski was also critically acclaimed -'Cooney impresses with her technical command and her shapely, passionate and considered playing' (, 2006)

'Debut' CD

Recorded at The Royal College of Music Studios, London available on and and can be downloaded on Apple itunes.

The young Cornish pianist Daniel Hill accompanies her in Brahms's Second Sonata, a rich and thoughtful performance, while Wieniawski's Fantasy on 'Faust' demonstrates her remarkable virtuosity. Robert Schumann's First Sonata and a Romance by Clara Schumann complete this fine disc. (Debut Elizabeth Cooney )

Tzar Records TZ0003) **** Ian Fox, Sunday Tribune 28.03.05

CD Review by Carlos Rivera March 2006

Elizabeth Cooney impresses with her technical command and her shapely, passionate and considered playing. Phrases are neatly turned and she is not afraid to coarsen her tone to underline particular expression, especially in the Schumann sonata with which the CD begins. Her's is open and natural playing, confiding when needed, and expressively coloured to widen the range of the music.

This is a fine calling-card, and sometimes more than that, for these musicians, both of whom one wants to hear more of. Good on Tzar Records for issuing this CD; the recording itself is well-balanced if a little restricted and anyone interested in upcoming musicians shouldn’t hesitate.