Paul Roe is a musician with particular interests in performance, education and coaching. He is a performer (clarinet and bass clarinet) of international repute and was Associate Principal Clarinet of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland from 1987-2000. He has been a member of Concorde Contemporary Music Ensemble since 1989 and has given solo, ensemble and orchestral performances throughout Europe, Asia and America.

Paul has a PhD in Performance Practice from the University of York, a Masters Degree in Community Music from the University of Limerick and he is a Fellow of Trinity College, London. He also has an Advanced Diploma in Executive and Personal Coaching and has undertaken further specialist coach training in the UK and the USA.


CD: Dreams & Prayers

“Golijov’s ‘The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind’ is ‘programmatic’ on a number of levels. If this suggests a rather dry quasi-philological exercise, then Golijov’s music is anything but boring, shifting unpredictably from meditative stasis to dynamic dance-like moments… Paul Roe and the Contempo Quartet are impressive throughout.”

_ Gramophone review 2013

CD: Between

“This recording is a collection of solos and duos mostly featuring composers with whom Roe has worked closely…collaboration is a central tenet of Roe’s philosophy of the creative musical experience…[his] playing is sincere and secure, and his improvisations show…his deep understanding of their compositions.”

_ The Clarinet [Journal of the International Clarinet Association] 2011


The digital world of the 21st century has truly democratised teaching & learning, creating a wonderfully transformed educational space. Teaching for me is an exciting & engaging voyage of discovery that I enter into with each of my students. I find teaching and learning are completely reciprocal processes where understanding and meaning is co-created anew in each lesson. Rigour is vitally important to guide students with clarity; however, the world of the individual’s creative imagination is even more crucial. I fundamentally believe that each student I work with is an emerging artist who, with support and encouragement, can fulfil their own wonderful potential and success, according to how they define it.
Estaccato Ambassador of music: Estaccato
The Royal Irish Academy of Music: http://www.riam.ie/
The DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama: http://www.dit.ie/conservatory/



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The Duo Temenos

Date: May 29, 2016

Time: 12:00 - 14:00

Location: Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Dublin 1

The duo Temenos (Paul Roe, Clarinets and Laoise O’Brien, Recorders) will perform as part of the Concerts at Noon series in the Hugh Lane Gallery. The programme will include an exciting mix of old and new music. Some of the composers featured will be Sebastian Adams, Derek Ball, and Kenneth Edge amongst others.

Workshop with Concorde & Garth Knox

Date: October 25, 2016

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Location: DIT

Workshop with Concorde http://www.concorde.ie/ & Garth Knox Composer/Viola http://www.garthknox.org/ at DIT http://www.dit.ie/conservatory/ 7-9pm

Performance by Concorde at HLG

Date: November 13, 2016

Time: Noon

Location: HLG

Performance by Concorde http://www.concorde.ie/ at HLG http://www.hughlane.ie/sunday-concerts at Noon featuring including music by Elliot Carter, Deirdre McKay, Alejoandro Castanos

Workshop with Concorde

Date: December 1, 2016

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Location: DIT

Workshop with Concorde http://www.concorde.ie/ Garth Knox Composer/Viola http://www.garthknox.org/ and David Fennessy https://www.cmc.ie/composers/david-fennessy at DIT http://www.dit.ie/conservatory/ 7-9pm

Performance by Concorde

Date: December 11, 2016

Time: Noon

Location: HLG

Performance by Concorde http://www.concorde.ie/ at HLG http://www.hughlane.ie/sunday-concerts at Noon featuring including music by Garth Knox & David Fennessy.

Test event only

Date: December 25, 2016

Time: 7pm - 10pm

Location: The Test Venue

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Test Event 1

Date: December 25, 2016

Time: 4pm

Location: GPH

new works

Concert in RIAM “Saluting the Feminists”

Date: March 24, 2017

Time: 6.00pm

Location: R.I.A.M.

As part of the day long celebrations Paul Roe (Clarinet) will perform with Elizabeth Hilliard (Soprano) and Dearbhla Brosnan (Piano).The programme will include pieces by Jane O’Leary and Ailis Ni Rhian for clarinet and voice. There will be further pieces for voice and piano and solo piano.


The Clarinet Tone

It is, of course, a reflection of ourselves. And as a result how we feel about ourselves and the world we inhabit will influence our sound.

There is a tendency to conceive of sound within a narrow prism of conceptual ideology that may or may not transfer into the sound we actually produce. For example, we may decide we like a ‘dark, focussed’, sound as it seems the right route to travel in terms of what is acceptable nowadays.
read more…

The Creative Performer

Creative Performer, Listening Composer — Who are we?

I started playing the clarinet at age seven in a local band and unlike most of the other students developed this nascent interest into professional life. Throughout my playing career I have nurtured and maintained a fascination for artistic creativity. However during this time I have often felt like a small cog in a big wheel where professional requirements and the prevailing performance aesthetic encouraged an attitude of functionality. read more…


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