Ciarán Crilly

Ciarán is Head of the UCD School of Music and a Lecturer in Orchestral Conducting. He has been Artistic Director of the UCD Symphony Orchestra since its foundation in 2002, directing over 50 performances, including concerts in Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden and the UK. He teaches modules on performance, analysis, orchestration and twentieth-century music. He has also been a lecturer in orchestral conducting for the BMus Performance Degree at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and for the MA in Film Scoring at Pulse College, Windmill Lane Studios. Ciarán has conducted concerts with orchestras in Ireland and abroad (Baden Sinfonietta, Dublin Baroque Players, Dublin Screen Orchestra, Dublin Symphony Orchestra, Hibernian Orchestra, Irish Doctors Orchestra, Miró Chamber Orchestra, RIAM Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Royal Academic Orchestra, Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Symphony New Hampshire), and enjoyed eight years as Principal Conductor of the Dublin Orchestral Players (2007–15). Through his work with the EAR Ensemble, Hilltown Music Festival, Composer’s Forum Ensemble (Trinity College Dublin) and the UCD Ad Astra Academy, he has been involved in the commissioning and performance of many new works. He has extensive experience as a studio conductor, recording for films, live radio, and Irish, Korean & US TV. Since 2019 he has been Chair of CHMHE (Council of Heads of Music in Higher Education).


Julie Bond

Julie attended the very first rehearsal of Dublin Youth Orchestras in 1981 and played with the symphony orchestra, initially on flute and then on bassoon, until 1988. She has also played with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble, The Hibernian Orchestra and Rathfarnham Concert Band. She is married and has four children, three of whom currently play with Dublin Youth Orchestras. Julie is a chartered accountant and currently works part-time in the not-for-profit sector. She started volunteering with Dublin Youth Orchestras as their Finance Manager in September 2014 and joined the Board as a Director in May 2016. Previous orchestral management experience includes ten years as Manager/Chairperson of The Hibernian Orchestra and two seasons on staff with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland (Junior Orchestra).


James Forrest

James is originally from Dublin. He works as a post primary teacher in a Community school in Co. Meath teaching Maths and Physics. He has a keen interest in classical music. He has supported the Intermediate Orchestra team and now manages the Symphony Orchestra. He has travelled on many tours with the DYO. He lives in Co. Meath with his wife and daughter who is a Violinist and former DYO member.


Valerie O’Brien

Valerie O’Brien is a parent of a young person in the orchestra, a social worker, systemic family therapist, academic and researcher with over 30 years’ experience in the area of child welfare. She worked for 10 years in front line services and since entering UCD in 1995 she has undertaken many research and consultancy projects on behalf of the statutory, public and non-government sector. She has experience of participating on local, National and European Boards in respect of child welfare and protection, family therapy and adoption / foster care. Through this experience, she brings an acute awareness of governance issues to her involvement in DYO.


Dr Philine von Kietzell

The enthusiastic and heart-warming exclamation of Philine’s first-born daughter after her first ever rehearsal with DYO junior strings many years ago will be forever on her mind. “Mum, you won’t believe what kind of sound we can make together. It is absolutely incredible!” This was what she had always hoped for as a mother: that her children would grow up to love music and become as passionate about the spell-binding act of making music together as she is. A keen amateur cellist, she is a member of the Hibernian Orchestra and CoOrch and plays as much chamber music with groups both here and in Germany as she can possibly fit into her schedule. She is very grateful to DYO to give her four children (two violinists, a violist and a double bass player) the opportunity to develop their orchestral skills and when grown up to return to DYO as occasional string tutors. Philine moved from Germany to Ireland in 2002, when her husband Jan joined the Food and Veterinary Office of the European Commission, and she has been a G.P. in Trim, County Meath since then.


Malachy Robinson

Malachy  is a professional chamber musician, playing double-bass and viola da gamba. He is a founder of the Gregory Walkers, a group performing “Early Music from Ireland and beyond”, and is director of the Robinson Panoramic Quartet, a revelatory alternative to the standard string quartet. Principal double-bass with the Irish Chamber Orchestra since 1995, he is also a founder member of the cutting-edge Crash Ensemble. A founder member too of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, he has also appeared with many period-instrument orchestras in the UK. He has performed with the Vanbrugh, Callino, Parisii, T’ang, Con Tempo and Vogler String Quartets, and the Phoenix Piano Trio.

Malachy has an MMUS in Historical Musicology from the Royal Holloway College, University of London and a GGSM from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London from where he graduated in 1993 with 1st class honours and the Dove Memorial Prize. Compositions include String performed by Crash Ensemble 2001; Where Art Thou, Muse? performed by Deirdre Moynihan and the Dublin Viols 2010; Hallow’d Ground performed by the Eidola Trio 2014; Shark recorded by Crash Ensemble 2017 and Dream of the Green Men performed by the Irish Chamber Orchestra 2018. He has also written countless songs.

Mary Turner

A lawyer by profession, Mary has worked for over 20 years in the public service, mainly in the field of environmental protection. Mary has worked with voluntary groups and charitable trusts for a number of years. Two of Mary’s children are cellists, her eldest daughter plays with the DYO Symphony Orchestra.