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/



James Joyce Centre

Start date: June 1, 2021

End date: June 30, 2021

Time: 8.30pm

Location: James Joyce centre, Dublin

First performance of a collaboration between Paul Roe Clarinets, Arun Rao Cello, and Stephen Gardner composer. The exact date in June is to be confirmed.

New Music Dublin Festival

Date: April 23, 2021

Time: 2.30pm, 3.30pm & 4.30pm

Location: Online / Streaming from Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

As part of the New Music Dublin festival Paul Roe will perform in 3 concerts @ 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.The performance will include pieces by Agnew, Buckley,  Deane, Dennehy, Feery, McKay, McLachlan, Mulvey, Wilson.

National Concert Hall – Masterclass series

Date: February 18, 2021

Time: 2 - 5pm

Location: Online / streaming

Paul Roe  will give a Clarinet Masterclass as part of the NCH masterclass series. 

Near FM Broadcast of Hugh Lane Gallery – Sunday @Noon series

Date: October 6, 2020

Time: 2 - 3pm

Location: Near FM radio

Paul Roe Clarinets, Mick O’Brien Pipes,  Paula Meehan PoetryA collection of poetry read by the author (Paula Meehan)  with traditional Irish music played by Paul Roe  and Mick O’Brien.

Hugh Lane Gallery – Sunday @Noon series

Date: June 7, 2020

Time: 12pm (noon)

Location: Online / Streaming

Paul Roe Clarinets, Mick O’Brien Pipes,  Paula Meehan PoetryA collection of poetry read by the author (Paula Meehan)  with traditional Irish music played by Paul Roe  and Mick O’Brien.

CMC Salon

Date: June 2, 2020

Time: 16.00 - 17.00

Location: Zoom

Contemporary Music Centre – Salon – A conversation with Evonne Ferguson (presenter) and Paul Roe – Clarinets and Marcella Barz – Clarinets & electronics

Hugh Lane Gallery

Date: January 12, 2020

Time: 12pm

Location: Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

The Art of Collaboration 5

Concerts @ Noon series

Slow Moving Clouds and Tulca

The Beauty of Connection

Paul Roe clarinets, Shayan Coohe tar/tombak , Shahab Coohe santoorUltan O’Brien fiddle/viola, Aki nyckelharpa, Kevin Murphy cello
Two unique dublin-based groups play music blending traditional and contemporary instruments and influences including Iran, Finland and Ireland. These two vibrant ensembles are brought together for the first time. Both groups explore rich sonic textures and ambience in sound-worlds that defy categorisation. For this performance Tulca and Slow Moving Clouds will explore new and existing repertoire evoking new sound perspectives.


Date: January 5, 2020

Time: 8pm

Location: The Workman's Club, Bison Bar, Wellington Quay, Dublin

Tulca: Paul Roe Clarinets, Shayan Coohey Tonbak, Shahab Coohey Santur, Ultan O’Brien Fiddle, Mick O’Brien Pipes, Jim Lucey Speaker. 

Tulca will perform a fusion of traditional Irish and Persian music with contemporary improvisations in the Workman’s Club. It will be interspersed with poetry and storytelling.

Hugh Lane Gallery

Date: November 17, 2019

Time: 12pm

Location: Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin 1

Jane O’Leary Schumann Reflections

Concerts @ Noon Series.

Paul Roe clarinets, Aideen Wylde speaker, Aileen Cahill piano, Andreea Banciu viola.

Music by Clara and Robert Schumann and a contemporary reflection on Clara’s life by Jane O’Leary

Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856): Three Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73 (1849)

Clara Schumann (1819 – 1896): Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann, Op. 20 (1854)

Jane O’Leary: Clara (2012/13) (Dublin premiere)

Clara Schumann: Three Romances, Op.22. viola and piano (1853)

Seamus Heaney: ‘Listen Now Again’

Date: September 19, 2019

Time: 1.00 - 1.45pm

Location: Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre Westmoreland Street Dublin

‘Listen Now Again Live’: Free Thursday Summer Lunchtime Concerts

The Art of Collaboration: Paul Roe Clarinets, Mick O’Brien Uilleann Pipes & Paula Meehan Poetry

Artist Research Perspectives

Date: September 19, 2019

Time: 18.00 - 19.30

Location: TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama, Rathmines, Dublin

“Listen Now Again”

Seamus Heaney Poetry and Music

Artists: The Art of Collaboration. Paul Roe Clarinets, Shayan Coohey Tonbak, Shahab Coohey Santur, Ultan O’Brien Fiddle and Jim Lucey Poetry with Killian O’Brien and Marcella Barz


The Clarinet Tone

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.
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The Creative Performer

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…


Contact Paul

For more information about coaching, collaboration, upcoming performances, or simply to make contact, please email paul.roe@tudublin.ie


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