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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Contemporary Composition Techniques, Seminar

Start date: May 7, 2019

End date: May 21, 2019

Time: 12 - 1pm

Location: DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, Chatham Row, Dublin

The Art of Collaboration/ Sunday at Noon Series

Date: March 24, 2019

Time: 12pm

Location: Hugh Lane Gallery

A collaboration of Paul Roe and Mick O’Brien integrating the diverse cultures of Contemporary classical music and Traditional Irish music with inputs by Killian O’Brien, Design and Innovator consultant.

Clara Schumann Concert

Date: March 9, 2019

Time: 1pm

Location: Old St Mary's, Clonmel

This concert will include a piece Clara by Jane O’Leary for Clarinet and Speaker.

A programme of Contemporary music including the following composers: Musgrave, Gubaidulina, Ptaszynska, O’Leary, LeFanu, Saariaho, Unsuk Chin, Tower

The Art of Collaboration / Temenos Duo

Date: January 27, 2019

Time: 12:00

Location: Hugh Lane Gallery

This is the 3rd performance in The Art of Collaboration series of 4 concerts. Paul Roe Clarinets and Laoise O’Brien Recorders will play an interesting mixture of Early music and Contemporary music. Composers will include C.P.E.Bach, Derek Ball amongst others.

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


Chapter One from Paul Roe’s PhD thesis:

Chapter One from Paul Roe’s PhD thesis:

A Phenomenology of Collaboration in Contemporary Composition and Performance

This thesis considers how collaboration between composer and performer affects the practice of these musicians. The established paradigm for the creation of new work in the context of contemporary classical music promotes separation between composers and performers. read more…

Leap and the net will appear

Leap and the net will appear

Sustaining Yourself as a Musician Whilst Working in Music Education

I’m 50 next year, officially middle-aged! Definitely a time for reflection on so many levels. In fact, I can hardly think of a more powerful enabler of growth and change than reflection. It has been a central component in my development as a musician and educator over these past 30 years. I guess in many ways I’m a hybrid or perhaps even a bit of a maverick. read more…


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