Irish violist Séamus Hickey studies with Marjolein Dispa and Nobuko Imai at the
Conservatorium van Amsterdam and chamber music with the Nederlandse StrijkKwartet
Academie. Until 2018, Séamus studied with Simon Aspell, Adrian Petcu, and Chris Marwood
at the CIT Cork School of Music.
In Febuary 2022 Séamus recorded and performed as a soloist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
In 2019, Séamus was awarded second place in the Amsterdam National Viola Competition and
the Vieuxtemps Prize. In the Aileen Gore Cup at Feis Ceoil, Dublin, he was placed first and
was awarded the RTÉ Lyric FM award. He is the winner of the 2020 RDS Jago Award.
Séamus is the current violist of the Sonoro Quartet, one of Europe’s most promising young
string quartets. Sonoro were multiple prize winners at the 2021 Bartok World Competition for
String Quartets in Budapest, Hungary and enjoy performances regularly across the
In 2021/22, Séamus was invited to be guest principal violist with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta
and Camerata Freden. Séamus has performed in prestigious halls around Europe including the
Zeneakadémia, Budapest, National Concert Hall, Dublin, TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Het
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and Bozar, Brussels. He has recorded for radio stations such as
Klara (Belgium), RTÉ (Ireland), SWR (Germany), Bartok Radio (Hungary) and NPO Radio 4
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