“Lovely sound, nice piece of work” Gay Byrne, Legendary Broadcaster.
“Fabulous Album, fabulous playing, quiet fantastic” Marty Whelan, RTE Lyric Fm.
“Absolutely stunning” Gerry Kelly, BBC Radio.
“His version of ‘The Blower’s Daughter’ is inspired and achingly beautiful. He deserves an international stage” Brian Kennedy Singer/Songwriter.
Since the release of his self titled debut album in 2011, Irish trumpeter Niall O’Sullivan has firmly established himself as an accomplished performer in the classical and easy listening genres of music. His album of classical works, jazz standards, contemporary pop, and traditional Irish songs entered the Classical iTunes charts at #1.
Niall started performing at the age of eight in the Artane Boys Band, Dublin. He performed all over Ireland and America with the band. With “the best foundation imaginable” in place, Niall started lessons on scholarship at the DIT Conservatory. He then studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music for a further four years. Niall was awarded a scholarship for post graduate studies at the Royal College of Music, London. During his time at the RCM, Niall was principal trumpet with all the orchestras and chamber ensembles. Niall also developed his commercial trumpet playing and began jazz studies. He represented the RCM as a soloist at festivals and as a participant on the side by side scheme with the London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Niall has played and recorded with all of the professional orchestra’s in Ireland including several appointments as guest principal trumpet with the RTE Concert, Irish Chamber, Dublin Philharmonic, and the Irish Philharmonic Orchestras. As a soloist Niall has performed with the Orchestra of St Cecilia, Irish Baroque, RTE Concert, Dublin Symphony, Orlando Chamber and Trinity Chamber Orchestras. He has performed all over Europe, America and China. Niall has worked under renowned conductors Bernard Haitink, Valeriy Gergiov and Sir Colin Davis.
On the commercial side of playing Niall has worked with Tom Jones, Michael Búble, Amy Winehouse, Perry Como, Dionne Warwick, Curtis Stigers, Katherine Jenkins, Imelda May, Chris de Burgh, The Pogues, Lalo Schifrin, Jose Carreras, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Russell Watson, Sinead O’Conor, Bill Whelan and many many more. Niall is working with up and coming Dublin Rockabilly singer/songwriter Donna Dunne.
In the short period since it’s release, Niall’s debut album has sold in ever continent in the world.
Irish Edition - Album Review
Niall O'Sullivan (Independent)
Trumpet didn't mean much to me before I arrived in the South West and discovered Mexican music. Now I can't get enough of it in all styles and I can't understand how I never heard the beauty and purity of the instrument. Niall O'Sullivan is a fine exponent, drawing in so much emotion as he plays - I almost said 'sings', because that is the effect of what he does.
How could an album that opens with "Moon River" not succeed? The 10 tracks feature other classics, such as "Autumn Leaves," delves into Irish music with "Carrickfergus" and "Raglan Road," performs a beautiful version of "Ave Maria" and creates a tremendous interpretation of Astor Piazzolla's "Libertango".
If you're in the mood for something just a little different, I can think of nothing better that this - be transported with his lyrical playing, the rich sound of the ensemble playing with him and the vocals of Brian Gilligan and Stephanie McKeown.
Jamie O'Brien (Irish Edition) April 2012