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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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

Bass Clarinet Extravaganza [U.K.]

Start date: April 1, 2016

End date: April 3, 2016

At the beginning of April 2016 Paul Roe and Ian Mitchell will tutor on a Bass Clairnet course in Benslow, Hertfordshire in the U.K. The course will run for 3 days. Benslow Music offers residential and day music courses, and a series of chamber concerts at its beautiful purpose-built campus in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

Concorde Workshop [Dublin]

Date: March 10, 2016

Time: 5pm - 6.30pm

Location: D.I.T. Rathmines, Dublin

Concorde will give a workshop in the D.I.T. Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin,focusing on new works by the students of the Conservatory. This will take place in the D.IT. Rathmines on Thursday 10th March @5.00 – 6.30pm.

Clarinet and Piano performance Nagoya, Japan

Date: January 12, 2016

Time: 7.30pm

Location: Nagoya Conservatory of Music, Japan

Paul will hold Clarinet Masterclasses in the afternoon @ 3pm. There will be a performance of Contemporary music for Clarinet and Piano by Irish and Japanese composers.
Performers: Paul Roe, Clarinet and Bass clarinet. Tomoko Nakagawa, Piano

Tour of Japan

Start date: January 12, 2016

End date: January 15, 2016

In January 2016 Paul will travel to Japan to give a series of concerts and masterclasses in three different venues in Japan, Nygoya, Wako and Tokyo. He will perform a programme of both Irish and Japanese contemporary music for clarinet and piano with pianist Tomoko Nakagawa.


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