Music Generation Galway City
Galway native Karen Dervan is a professional viola player, arranger and producer. A graduate of University College Cork (BA Hons in English and Music) and of University of Limerick (MA Hons in Classical Strings Performance), Karen has performed with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Wexford Festival Opera, Lyric Opera Orchestra, The Performance Corporation and myriad other festival, event and TV-format ensembles.
She has performed as a guest player with a wide variety of visiting national and international artists and was a member of the post-rock collective “3epkano” for a number of years, with whom she made several appearances in the Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC and the National Gallery, Washington DC. Formerly a classical music columnist and critic with the Sunday Tribune, Karen’s writing has also been published by Irish Theatre Magazine and the Irish Times.
She has produced content for a number of arts festivals and venues, among them Clifden Arts Festival, Drogheda Arts Festival, Boyle Arts Festival, Limerick Literary Festival and the National Gallery of Ireland. Since January 2014 Karen has co-curated the hugely successful music series, “Kaleidoscope Night”, bringing the captivating multi-genre format on a nationwide tour in 2015.
Music Generation Galway City is managed by Galway City Music Education Partnership, led by Galway and Roscommon ETB in partnership with Galway City Council, Tusla, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, NUI Galway, Galway City Partnership, local music partners: GTi School of Music, Galway Youth Orchestra, Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe, St. Patrick’s Brass Band, The Galway Music Residency, Music for Galway, the Galway Music Centre, youth services: Foróige, Youthwork Ireland Galway and Involve, festivals: Baboró, the Galway Jazz Festival and Galway International Arts Festival, representatives from the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, the Irish Primary Principals Association, the Post Primary Music Teachers Association, Galway Education Centre and media partner, The Galway Advertiser Newspaper Group.