Aoife Lynch’s interest in music began at the early age of four when studying piano under the tutelage of Mr. Murray Erskine. As her interest in music broadened she began to study percussion, specialising in drums, under Mr Michael Bradley as well as enriching her musical knowledge with study of music theory. In June 2004 Aoife was selected to attend the “Arts Academy” summer scheme funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland during which time she was introduced to the world of composition by composer Elaine Agnew. After successfully achieving Dip LCM in Pianoforte Performance in June 2005 at age seventeen, Aoife proceeded to study music at third level education in Queen’s University of Belfast, studying both composition and performance.
During her time in third level education, Aoife was often requested to be a performer by fellow composers thereby gaining considerable experience working with composers ranging from undergraduate students to professional composers. In summer 2009 Aoife acted as the orchestral pianist and vocalist repetiteur for the Sparks Opera Company’s premiere production “Bright Sparks”.
Aoife graduated with a Second Class Honours, First Division Bachelor of Music degree. She then continued to study composition at postgraduate level at Queen’s University of Belfast under Prof. Piers Hellawell. Having achieved first class marks for all composition and performance components, Aoife graduated in December 2010 with a Master of Arts degree in composition with commendation.
Aoife has been teaching piano, music theory and composition privately for the last ten years and was recently engaged as a composition and piano tutor at the Ulster College of Music. She is also a member of the Ulster College of Music management committee and deputy Child Protection Officer. Alongside her teaching, Aoife is engaged as a ballet repetiteur for the Island Ballet School in Lisburn and Whitehouse Ballet School in Belfast.