Soprano  Deirdre Moynihan

Moynihan/O' Leary Duo


"An authentic and musically profound ensemble"  - Guy Traviss, Classical Guitar Magazine, London


Deirdre Moynihan (Soprano) and Alec O’Leary (Guitar) are fast becoming recognised as one of Ireland’s most engaging duos. Their performance style is charming yet dynamic and displays the integrity of a well established ensemble. The duo’s 6-date tour “Anda, Jaleo” was enthusiastically received by audiences around Ireland and was supported by Music Network. Their recital programs are exciting and innovative and they aim to provide Irish audiences with an opportunity to hear rarely performed repertoire for Soprano and Classical Guitar.


"The soprano Deirdre Moynihan, and the guitarist, Alec O'Leary, are sensitive, experienced artists, with a wide range of repertoire from the early nineteenth century to the present day. The songs are interspersed with guitar solos to provide an enthralling evening of music of varied moods and colours."
- Graham Wade, "Classical Guitar Magazine


September sees the release of the duo's debut CD recording “From The Olive Tree". The Moynihan/O’ Leary Duo will undertake a 6-date launch tour for the CD in the September/October 2014.

Recent concerts highlights include the world premier of a new Irish language song cycle, "Fola is Uisce" by composer Ian Wilson followed by performances in Wicklow, Dublin and Cork. The duo appeared at the Motola Guitar Festival in Italy in 2013.


An exciting EPK encapsulating their on stage performance style at the prestigious historical venue “Farmleigh House” can be viewed in the module on the right hand side of the page.

Alec O’ Leary (M.Mus., B.Mus., Dip. Inst. Teaching). Widely regarded as one of the foremost guitarists of his generation, Alec first learned guitar from his father and subsequently went on to study from an early age with Irish virtuoso John Feeley at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama where he went on to attain his Masters Degree in performance. He has had personal tuition from some of the world’s most distinguished musicians, including Manuel Barreuco, Scott Tennant, Sergio Assad, Roberto Aussel and Roland Dyens. He has also studied in Naples with Maestro Aniello Desiderio aided by the Arts Council Travel and Training Award. Alec is founder and director of one of Europe’s most prestigious guitar festivals, the Guitar Festival of Ireland. Along with a busy performing schedule, festival commitments and teaching posts, Alec is equally dedicated to making guitars with his father, renowned Irish luthier Michael J. O’Leary. For additional information please visit

"Easily one of Ireland's most talented and accomplished classical guitarists"  - Hotpress



From The Olive Tree CD

From The Olive Tree - Moynihan/ O' Leary Duo

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Moynihan O' Leary Duo at Farmleigh House - Guitar Festival of Ireland

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