Cora Venus Lunny

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Cora Venus Lunny
Born 1982[1]
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, singer
Years active 2002–present
Associated acts

Cora Venus Lunny (b. 1982)[1] is an Irish violinist. She is the daughter of Irish musician Dónal Lunny and German photographer Julia Buthe.[2]

Established as a classical musician since her teens, Lunny is active as a soloist, chamber musician, interpreter of contemporary classical music, improvising violinist and composer. She has toured Europe, America and China as a violin soloist with the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra.[3]

Early years[edit]

Born into a musical family in Dublin, Lunny was given her first violin at the age of three, immediately showing a natural aptitude and love for the instrument. She was classically trained in the Suzuki Method. A brief fling with movie acting failed to distract her, and a life in music became her goal. From the age of thirteen she studied intensively with violin teachers around Europe, including Rimma Sushanskaya, Joji Hattori, Alexander Arenkov, Arkady Futer, Lara Lev and Vladimir Spivakov.

At the age of sixteen, she became the youngest ever winner of the RTÉ Musician of the Future competition, and was chosen by The Irish Times' TV ad campaign to represent the new face of Ireland.[4]

Music career[edit]

In 2001, she was a laureate of the Sarasate Violin International Competition in Pamplona, Spain, to which she would return again in 2007 as a member of the international jury.[4]

In 2002, Lunny was a guest musician on Sinéad O'Connor's album of traditional Irish songs, Sean-Nós Nua, her first excursion into the non-classical world. This inspired her to improvise more and experiment with other genres of music. A few months in Vienna among the classical establishment became an unintentional sabbatical, and confirmed that despite her love for classical music, she needed to broaden her musical horizons.[citation needed] A jam with Nigel Kennedy in Dingle in 2002 (filmed for a Philip King documentary)[citation needed] resulted in an invitation to Berlin with his band, to play some Polish folk music and some Jimi Hendrix tunes. Subsequently, she accompanied Kennedy on a tour of Taiwan, Japan and New Zealand as second soloist, playing Vivaldi Double Concertos and some pieces by Bartok.[citation needed]

Lunny's musical travels took her as far as Iceland and the Faeroe Islands[citation needed] and, in 2004, she made her first foray into film score composition for Sangrail, an unfinished short.[5] In 2005, she made her debut as a violist in a performance of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Vladimir Spivakov and the Ulster Orchestra at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast.[citation needed] Also in 2005, she joined Clodagh Simonds' Fovea Hex.[6]

Lunny has featured as a guest performer on other artists' albums (see Selected discography section). In 2011, Lunny released her first album, 1943,[7] followed by Terminus (Conscientiae) in 2014.[8]

Film career[edit]

Lunny has appeared in several Irish films: Rawhead Rex (1986), Man About Dog (2004), Speed Dating (2007), Bachelors Walk Christmas Special (2006), and Mr Crocodile in the Cupboard (2008).[9] She also contributed as a musician on the soundtrack of the following films and documentaries: Screw Cupid (2008), Truth About Kerry (2010), Men of Arlington (2011), and Mud Pies & Kites: Death & Resurrection in Haiti (2012).[9]

Selected discography[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Dónal Lunny". Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Dwyer, Ciara (31 July 2005), Cora Venus rising . . . 'it's all about sex', "Independent Woman Celeb News" at website, retrieved 8 July 2016 
  3. ^ Cora Venus Lunny, "Celtic Program Soloists" at Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra website, retrieved 8 July 2016 
  4. ^ a b "About Cora Venus Lunny". Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Fabrikant, Mel (13 January 2009). "The Dublin Symphony Orchestra Presents". The Paramus Post. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Cuzner, Russell (22 February 2012). "When Worlds Collide: An Interview With Clodagh Simonds". The Quietus. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "1943". 28 August 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Terminus (Conscientiae)". 15 August 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Cora Venus Lunny, "Filmography" at IMDb (Internet Movie Database) website, retrieved 8 July 2016 

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