Cora Venus Lunny
is an acclaimed young Irish violinist.
She is also the daughter of legendary Irish musician and composer Donal Lunny.
Born into a very musical family in Dublin, Cora Venus was given her first violin at the age of three, immediately showing a natural aptitude and love for the instrument. She was classically trained in the Suzuki Method. A brief fling with movie acting failed to distract her, and a life in music became her goal. From the age of thirteen she studied intensively with highly respected violinists around Europe, including Rimma Sushanskaya, Joji Hattori, Alexander Arenkov, Arkady Futer, Lara Lev and Vladimir Spivakov. Established as one of Ireland’s leading classical musicians since her teens, Cora Venus Lunny is active as a soloist, chamber musician, interpreter of contemporary classical music, improvising violinist and composer. At age 16, Cora appeared in this television commercial for THE IRISH TIMES:
In 2002, Cora was a guest musician on Sinead O’Connor’s album of traditional Irish songs, "Sean Nos Nua", her first excursion into the truly "non-classical" world. This inspired her to improvise more and experiment with other genres of music. A few months in Vienna among the classical establishment became an unintentional sabbatical, and confirmed for Cora that despite her love for classical music, she needed to broaden her musical horizons. A jam with Nigel Kennedy in Dingle in 2002 (filmed for a Philip King documentary) resulted in his inviting her to Berlin with his band, to play some Polish folk music and a bit of Jimi Hendrix. Soon after, Cora Venus accompanied Kennedy on a tour of Taiwan, Japan and New Zealand as second soloist, playing Vivaldi Double Concertos and the odd bit of Bartok. Cora’s musical travels took her as far as Iceland and the Faeroe Islands, and in 2004, she made her first foray into film score composition for Sangrail, an as yet unfinished short. In 2005, she made her debut as a violist in a performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Vladimir Spivakov and the Ulster Orchestra at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast. She has appeared in several Irish films, most recently Man About Dog and Speed Dating and the upcoming feature film 3CROSSES. In recent years, she has toured Europe as a classical violinist as well as guesting on various albums, most recently the long-awaited 9, from Damien Rice. In 2007, she served on the international jury of the Sarasate Violin Competition in Pamplona, where she was a laureate in 2001.
She is currently working on her own solo recording projects of both classical and original material, and is now touring the United States during February and March 2009.
Here is a list of her USA tour dates:
February 8, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Charleston Civic Center Auditorium – Charleston, West Virginia
February 9, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Paramount Theater – Charlottesville, Virginia
February 11, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Grand Opera House – Wilmington, Delaware
February, 12 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Mayo Center for Performing Arts – Morristown, New Jersey
February 13, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Proctors Theater – Schenectady, New York
February 14, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Dreams – Anderson Center for Performing Arts – Binghamton, New York
February 17, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Dreams – Bergen Performing Arts Center – Englewood, New Jersey
February 21, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Dreams – State Theater Regional Arts Center – New Brunswick, New Jersey
February 27, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Foellinger Great Hall – Krannert Center – Champaign, Illinois
March 1, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Rosebud Theater – Effingham, Illinois
March 3, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Lied Center for Performing Arts – Lincoln, Nebraska
March 5, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – St. Louis Cathedral – Saint Louis, Missouri
March 6, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Music Hall – Kansas City, Missouri
March 8, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Copley Symphony Hall – San Diego, California
March 12, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Artemus Ham Concert Hall – Las Vegas, Nevada
March 14, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Gallo Center for the Arts – Modesto, California
March 17, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Segerstrom Concert Hall – OC Performing Arts Center – Orange County, California
For more information about Coral Venus Lunny, here are links to her websites: