The Luminosa String Orchestra
Violinist Brendan Garde recently completed a Master’s in Music Performance at CIT Cork
School of Music and was awarded Best Taught Master’s Degree Student 2019. Brendan was
also the recipient of the Cork Orchestral Society Emerging Artist Award 2019.
While studying for his BMus degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, Brendan was an
ABRSM EU Scholar and was a finalist in both the Norman George Violin Scholarship and the
Helen Porthouse Paganini Prize competitions. Opportunities to perform as an active chamber
musician at the RNCM were many, and he was awarded the Weil Prize in 2016.
Brendan has performed at many events and festivals, including the Ort s Chamber Music
Festival, Salisbury International Arts Festival, Finding a Voice Festival, Kaleidoscope and the
West Cork Chamber Music Festival. As a freelance orchestral player, he has played with
numerous orchestras, including the RT Concert Orchestra and the Cork Opera House Concert