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Gina Maria McGuinness

First Violin

Irish violinist and musician, Gina Maria McGuinness’ natural talent was discovered at the tender age of four where, watching on as her sister attended violin lessons, she eagerly cultivated her love of all things music. Beginning her studies soon after, the foundation was set firmly in place at the Young European Strings School of Music initially with Hungarian and Kodály method pedagogue Maria Kelemen and later continued with Ronald Masin.

She was recognized by the Strad magazine at a young age, and noted there again in 1998, when she claimed first prize at the International Violin Competition in Estonia becoming ‘Young
Musician of Tallinn`. This was a turning point in Gina’s career that prompted the early stages of what was to become a flourishing career of performances throughout Ireland, Europe, the United States and Switzerland. Gina was first invited in 2011 to perform alongside distinguished artists Phillippe Graffin, Gérard Caussé, Gavriel Lipkind and Philippe Muller at the GAIA Chamber Music Festival in Thun, Switzerland.

She has since been invited numerous times and is a regular artist of the festival, performing alongside Gwendolyn Masin, Rosanne Philippens, Finghin Collins, David Pia, Natalie Clein, Vital Julian Frey, Alessandro D’Amico, Simon Bucher, Christoffer Sundqvist, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Dana Zemtsov, Lars Anders, Tomter, Merel Quartet and Talich Quartet.

Gina is frequently invited to join as guest co-principal player of the Brussels Philharmonic, and is a proud member of the European Philharmonic of Switzerland (EPOS), City Light Symphony Orchestra, and the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland. She is also regularly invited to play with the Berner Kammerorchester (BKO), the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Irish
National Opera (INO) and the renowned Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO), based in Limerick. For more information see

Gina Maria McGuinness
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