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Bogdan Sofei, violin; Thomas Charles Marshall, organ

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Bogdan Sofei is the leader, violinist/founding member of ConTempo Quartet, a celebrated string quartet that has been RTE's Quartet in Residence since 2014 and has been Galway's Ensemble in Residence since 2003. He is also the concertmaster of Luminosa, Galway’s first professional permanent orchestra, founded in 2018. Bogdan has won numerous international awards as a chamber music practitioner and has performed over 2000 concerts in major venues in 42 countries including his native Bulgaria, the UK, USA, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Japan, Romania, etc. Bogdan became an Irish citizen in 2011 and was awarded the degree of DMus honoris causa by National University of Ireland, Galway, for outstanding services to music in his adopted country.

Thomas Charles Marshall lives in Westmeath. He studied organ with Shane Brennan at the Schola Cantorum St Finian’s College, Mullingar, Peter Hurford at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and with David Adams at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He is Director of Music and Organist at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin, as well as director of the Dublin Male Voice Choir and the Kildare Cathedral Singers. He lived in Japan for 14 years and is a recognised exponent of the Japanese traditional instrument called the Satsuma biwa, a four-string lute.


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