Soprano, Aisling Kenny is a soloist, ensemble singer and recitalist from Galway in the west of Ireland. Enjoying a broad range of musical styles, her specialisms include renaissance lute song, baroque sacred music and art song.  She performs regularly as a soloist with period ensembles including Irish Baroque Orchestra and Camerata Kilkenny and has also performed with Irish Chamber Orchestra, Linden Baroque, Staatskapelle Halle, ConTempo Quartet, Marlborough Baroque and Luminosa String Orchestra.

Aisling was soprano soloist in Bach Cantatas BWV82a Ich habe genug and BWV 51 Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen with Irish Baroque Orchestra directed by Peter Whelan at the National Concert Hall in June 2021, and in NCH’s Elegy concert in July 2020 with Chamber Choir Ireland. A dedicated recitalist, highlights include Dowland’s lute songs with Thomas Dunford in Paris and Kilkenny, concerts with historical harpist, Siobhán Armstrong, at Galway Early Music Festival and East Cork Early Music Festival, and a recital at Oxford University with Cecily Lock for Clara Schumann’s bicentenary. She recently curated and performed in a concert of Dowland’s songs in their original settings for multiple voices, alongside Italian madrigals by Marenzio, Monteverdi, and Barbara Strozzi at the Hugh Lane Gallery supported by a Music Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland and is a recent recipient of the Arts Council’s Agility Award. Aisling was artistic resident at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris in March 2019 supported by Music Network and the Arts Council.

Aisling performs as a soloist with choirs and choral societies including Dublin Bach Singers, Galway Baroque Singers, Culwick Choral Society, Carlow Choral Society, Dun Laoghaire Choral Society, St Nicholas’ Singers, Tallaght Choral Society, Armagh City Choir, Tribal Chamber Choir, Galway Choral Association, Athlone Choral Society, Diva Voces and Phoenix Choir. She has appeared at many of Ireland’s festivals including Galway Early Music Festival, Clifden Arts Festival, Sligo Baroque Festival, Ardee Baroque Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, East Cork Early Music Festival, Cork Choral Festival, Finding a Voice, New Music Dublin, Belfast International Arts Festival, as well as Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

An experienced ensemble singer, Aisling sings regularly with Collegium Vocale Gent,  Sestina, Resurgam and Chamber Choir Ireland. She has performed at venues and festivals throughout the world including Salzburger Festspiele, Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Polish National Opera, Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers, La Coursive La Rochelle, Narodowej Orkiestry Symfonicznej Polskiego Radia, Philharmonie Essen, Brucknerhaus Linz, Ravel Festival St Jean-de-Luz, Beethoven Festival Bonn, Bozar, Brussels.  She has performed on BBC Radio 3’s In tune and appears as as soloist on Sestina’s debut recording, Master and Pupil (Resonus Classics, 2022) and for Linn Records with Sestina and Irish Baroque Orchestra, (forthcoming, 2022). Aisling is an Associate Artist with Resurgam, directed by Mark Duley and has also sung with Ensemble Marsyas, Atalante and ensembÉal. 

Aisling studied music at Maynooth University and vocal performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel, with Evelyn Tubb and later with Ulrich Messthaler. She has participated in master classes with Paul Farrington, Margreet Honig, Emma Kirkby, Christine Schäfer and Andreas Scholl. She has been fortunate to also receive coaching from Jay Bernfeld, Ansy Boothroyd, Jörg-Andreas Bötticher, Mary Brennan, David Blunden, Florian Carré, Valérie Guillorit, Regina Hanley, Judith Mok, Dorothea Sidow, Thomas Tacquet-Fabre, Paul Triepels, Gerd Türk and Paolo Zanzu. She currently studies with Ian Howell, Heidi Moss and James Platt.

When not performing, she enjoys her work as a vocal coach and regularly facilitates vocal technique workshops for choirs.

Concert organisers: please contact Aisling for an updated biography and high-res photo for use in concert programmes.

Photo: Will Wardle

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