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.
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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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Sunday @ Noon Series, Duo.

Date: November 25, 2018

Time: 12pm

Location: Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Sq. Dublin

Paul Roe, clarinets  and Seho Lee, piano will perform in the Sunday@Noon series in the Hugh Lane Gallery. This is part of The Art of Collaboration project involving musicians from different genres with thought leaders from the diverse areas of science, medicine and education.

Trio Concert

Date: November 23, 2018

Time: To Be Confirmed

Paul Roe will perform with Sylvia O’Brien and Wlliam Dowdall in a concert in Seanad Eireann. This is a collaboration between the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the National museum of Ireland.

The Art of Collaboration

Date: October 25, 2018

Location: Oslo, Norway

Paul Roe will present a paper on The Art of Collaboration at an international conference in Oslo, Norway.

Tulca, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

Date: October 21, 2018

Time: 12pm

Location: Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Sq. Dublin

Tulca, one of the groups in the Art of Collaboration project, will perform in Hugh Lane Gallery as part of the Concerts @ Noon series.

Performers are Paul Roe, clarinets, Ultan O’Brien, fiddle, Shayan Coohey and Sahab Coohey, Persian instruments. The group will perform music which combines elements of classical music with traditional music of Ireland and Iran.

All Aboard Concorde

Date: September 22, 2018

Time: 1pm

Location: NCH Kevin Barry Room, Dublin

Kevin Barry Recital Room

Price: €15
Concessions: €11.25
Children under 17: €5
25% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall
15% discount for Groups of 10 or more


Garth Knox viola

Join Concorde, the first (and longest-lasting) contemporary music ensemble to be established in Ireland, for a lunchtime rendition of new music. Adventurous, inventive and always surprising, the performance will feature new works from five composers.
All Aboard Concorde offers a chance for listeners of all ages to experience and engage with new music up close in an intimate setting as a family. Explore new music together – and maybe even get to draw the music as it happens!

Presented by New Music Dublin with the support of NCH, RTÉ and The Arts Council

Concorde will perform at the New Music Festival in Denmark in September 2018.

Performers: Paul Roe, Clarinets. Elaine Clark, Violin. Martin Johnson, Cello. Jane O’Leary Director.

International Clarinet Association Performance

Date: July 9, 2018

Location: Ostend, Belguim

Paul Roe with members of the International Clarinet Association Bass Clarinettists will showcase a 30 minute performance of Contemporary music for Bass Clarinet Choir. This will be part of the week long International Clarinet Associations Annual conference being held in Ostend, Belgium.

Listen@ Arthurs, Dublin

Date: June 20, 2018

Time: 8.30pm

Location: Arthurs, Thomas St., Dublin

Artists: Paul Roe, Ellen Demos, Shane O’Donovan and Stephan Gardner
Programme: Ulysses Extended – Collaborative piece inspired by Ulysses by James Joyce, directed by Stephan Gardner.

Performance by Concorde

Date: June 17, 2018

Time: Noon

Location: Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

Programme: Contemporary music including composers Grainne Mulvey, Stephen Gardner, & Enda Bates

Event: Artistic research workshop & rehearsal/ The Art of Collaboration
Venue: Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin
Artists: Tulca
Programme: Collaborative development of composition

This project is an exploration of the art of collaboration between musicians of different genre and academics in the fields of science, medicine and business.


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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