Nip in to the Knox Hall before the Barry Douglas concert in Monkstown Church, for 30 minutes of wonderful marimba playing by Brian Dungan. Entry is just €1, payable at the door.
As an orchestral percussionist Brian Dungan works regularly with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and the Ulster Orchestra. He is also timpanist and a founding member of Fishamble Sinfonia.
Brian loves to perform new music. For Northern Ireland Opera in Belfast Brian played the frenetic percussion part – with its massive instrumental array extending to fishing reels and bags of broken crockery – in the Irish premiere (2017) of Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face which drew rave international reviews including five stars from both The Times and The Telegraph. Brian played more Adés (the Irish premiere of Totentanz with the RTÉ NSO) as well as John Cage (Living Room Music) with Bangers and Crash at the 2017 New Music Dublin Festival. Brian played in Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians in a joint performance with Crash Ensemble, Bang on a Can Allstars and Sō Percussion in Dublin in 2014. He played the John Cage duo for flute and percussion, Roanji, with flautist Manuel Zurria in 2014, and recorded Perotin’s Viderunt Omnes for eight cellos and percussion by Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky in 2012, both for Louth Contemporary Music Society. Brian played for Arvo Pärt in a chamber group assembled for the composition seminar at the 2008 RTÉ Living Music Festival.
He is assistant to Richard O’Donnell, director of the RIAM Percussion Ensemble, with whom he has toured to New York many times since 2010.
Some notable masterclasses include those with Pedro Carneiro, Collin Currie, Evelyn Glennie, Arnie Lang, Eriko Daimo, and Toni Micelli. He was runner-up in the Yamaha European Foundation Scholarships competition (2013).
Brian earned a Masters in music pedagogy from the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy, Budapest, following his first-class honours B. Mus. Ed (with Gold Medal) from Trinity College Dublin. He continues to study with Richard O’Donnell (Principal Percussionist, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra) on the Masters programme at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.