David Brophy

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David Brophy
David Brophy
David Brophy
Background information
OriginDublin, Ireland
Associated actsRTÉ Concert Orchestra

David Brophy (born 24 March 1972)[1] is an Irish conductor.


David Brophy was born in Dublin. He studied in Ireland – gaining a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from Trinity College Dublin in 1995 – as well as in England and Holland. During 1997–2001 he studied conducting privately with Gerhard Markson. He has conducted the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, the Dublin Orchestral Players, and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, before being appointed Principal Conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (RTÉCO). His career, while primarily based in Ireland, has taken him to many parts of Europe, Africa, America and Canada. While conducting the RTÉ NSO, he performed in front of over 80,000 people at the opening ceremony of The Special Olympics World Games in 2003. This event, which was televised worldwide, included performances with U2 and the largest Riverdance troupe ever assembled. Radio broadcasts have been carried on RTÉ, BBC, CBC Television (Canada) and EBU to listeners across Europe, while recordings have been released on Silva Screen and Tara Records labels. His TV appearances include The National Concert Hall's 25th anniversary gala concert entitled Ireland's Finest. As Principal Conductor of the RTÉCO Brophy conducted the orchestra in front of Queen Elizabeth II at Dublin Castle on her state visit to Ireland in May 2011.

Brophy has premiered works by leading contemporary Irish composers including Frank Corcoran, Raymond Deane, Benjamin Dwyer, David Fennessy, and Ian Wilson. he also gave first Irish performances of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians and the European premiere of André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire.[2]

Brophy gave the World Premier of double Grammy winning Argentinian Composer Claudia Montero's piano concerto "Concierto en Blanco y Negro" at the Galway International Arts Festival and the National Concert Hall, Dublin in July 2017.

Film credits include Shaun Davey's score for The Abduction Club. He also presented a reality TV show on RTÉ One entitled "Instrumental", following the attempts of celebrities to learn to play musical instruments.[3][4]

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  1. ^ Mark Fitzgerald: "Brophy, David", in: The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland, ed. by Harry White & Barra Boydell (Dublin: UCD Press, 2013), p. 130.
  2. ^ Fitzgerald (2013), as above.
  3. ^ "Conductors: David Brophy". RTÉ. Retrieved 2009-04-02.
  4. ^ "Staff: David Brophy". DIT. Archived from the original on September 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-02.