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, art song, and sacred music from the baroque and classical eras. She sings regularly as a soloist with early music ensembles including Irish Baroque Orchestra, Resurgam, Sestina, and Camerata Kilkenny and has also performed as a soloist with Chamber Choir Ireland, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Balthasar Neumann Chor and Ensemble, Linden Baroque, Staatskapelle Halle, ConTempo Quartet, Marlborough Baroque and Luminosa String Orchestra. An experienced ensemble singer, she sings regularly with Collegium Vocale Gent with whom she has toured across Europe and has sung with Balthasar Neumann Chor, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Ensemble Marsyas and Atalante.
Recent performances as a soloist include three concerts at Dublin Castle as part of Dublin HandelFest with Irish Baroque Orchestra, directed by Peter Whelan, Mozart’s Coronation Mass with Balthasar Neumann Chor and Ensemble at the Laieszhalle, Hamburg, and Bach’s B Minor Mass with Irish Baroque Orchestra and Sestina in Dublin and Galway.
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. Aisling 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 appears as a soloist on Irish Baroque Orchestra’s new recording for Linn Records, The Hibernian Muse. Music for Ireland by Purcell and Cousser, with Sestina, directed by Peter Whelan and on Sestina’s debut recording, Master and Pupil with Resonus Classics. She has recently recorded with Collegium Vocale Gent and Zürcher Sing-Akademie and has sung on BBC Radio 3’s In tune.
Aisling has performed at venues and festivals throughout the world including Salzburger Festspiele, Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Barbican London, Tonhalle Zürich, 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 appeared at many of Ireland’s festivals including Dublin HandelFest, 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. She performs as a soloist with choirs and choral societies all over Ireland including Dublin Bach Singers, Galway Baroque Singers and Culwick Choral Society.
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, Paul Kieffer, Valérie Guillorit, Regina Hanley, Ian Howell, Judith Mok, Heidi Moss, James Platt, Dorothea Sidow, Thomas Tacquet-Fabre, Paul Triepels, Gerd Türk and Paolo Zanzu.
When not performing, Aisling enjoys her work as a vocal coach and regularly facilitates vocal technique workshops for choirs of all ages.
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Photo credit: Miriam Kaczor