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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Trio Concert

Date: March 22, 2018

Time: 7pm

Location: McCann Hall, DIT, Chatham Row. D.2

Performers: Paul Roe, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet, Julie Maisle, Flute, John Herne, Bassoon

Programme: The chamber music of Zaninelli.

Ensemble in Residence, Trinity College, Dublin

Date: March 14, 2018

Time: 11.50am - 4.50pm

Location: TCD

1 Day composers workshop of new music by the Ensemble in Residence.

Performers: Paul Roe, clarinet and bass clarinet, William Dowdall, flute, Richard O’Donnell percussion.

Venue, Music Deptartment, Trinity College Dublin

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.

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.

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 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 & 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

Directions Concert Series [Dublin]

Start date: July 16, 2016

End date: February 27, 2018

Time: 8.30pm

Location: James Joyce Centre, Dublin

Venue: James Joyce Centre, Nth Great Georges Street, Dublin 1
Date: 27th Febraury, 2016
Time: 8.30pm
Admission: €12/10

Paul Roe (Clarinet & Bass Clarinet) will be joined by Kate Ellis (Cello) in the concert which is part of the Directions Series organised by the Association of Irish Composers. The concert is curated by composer Ed Bennett.

Ailis Ní Ríain – DON’T! (bass clarinet and cello)
Jonathan Nangle – our headlights blew softly into the black, illuminating very little (bass clarinet and elec)
Laurence Crane – Cello Piece for Michael Parsons (Cello)
Jane O’Leary – a piacere (bass clarinet)
David Fennessy – The Room is the Resonator (solo cello and electronics)
Judith Ring – Whispering the Turmoil Down (bass clarinet and electronics)
John Lely – The Harmonics of Real Strings (solo cello)
Deirdre McKay – Between (bass clarinet and cello)
Sean Clancy – 3 Lines of Music on the Subject of Sitting (solo cello)
Ed Bennett – New Work for Bass Clarinet, Cello and Electronics

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.

Duo Concert, Clarinet and Piano

Date: April 8, 2016

Time: 7.00pm

Location: D.I.T. Conservatory of Music and Drama, Chatham Row D.2

Admission: Free

Paul Roe (Clarinet/Bass Clarinet) will be joined by Aileen Cahill (Piano) in a concert of music celebrating Ireland and Japan. This programme will include contemporary music from Japan & Ireland for Clarinet/Bass Clarinet and Piano. It will include composers such as Jane O’Leary, Kenneth Edge, Haruyuki Suzuki, Marian Ingoldsby, Hideki Kozakura, Dai Fujikura


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…

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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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