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An experienced professional violinist, David MacKenzie has worked in orchestras throughout the UK and the Netherlands. Based in Dublin, he is currently Principal 2nd violin with RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. A Fellow of Trinity College London he also holds an MA in Performance and Musicology from NUI Maynooth.

With the Irish Film Orchestra he has played on many film and TV soundtracks - The Boxer, The Mask, The Tailor of Panama, The Pebble and The Penguin, War of the Buttons . . .

Artists he has performed with on stage and in the recording studio include U2, Plant and Page, the Corrs, Riverdance, Bill Whelan, The Chieftains, Placido Domingo, Tony Bennet, Katie Melhua, Pierre Boulez, John Barry, Elmer Bernstein . . .

In 2004, along with pianist (and co-producer) Josh Johnston, he released his first CD ‘A Minor Happiness’. This was a mix of covers and original material, mainly swing jazz.

They followed this up in 2008 with a second co-production release, ‘Notes Home’ - 13 tracks of original material, the bulk of it written by David. The group now consisted of violin, piano, guitar, double bass and percussion. The music styles included swing, bossa nova, jazz waltz, blues and ballads. It was warmly received by the jazz community with particular praise for the quality of the compositions. See the ‘Demos’ page to hear tracks and read reviews. ‘Notes Home’ is available in the iTunes store.

As a smooth and swinging jazz violinist, David has been interviewed and performed live on most of the national radio stations in Ireland -

RTÉ 1 - Pat Kenny Show, Vincent Browne, The Arts Show
RTÉ Lyric FM - Liz Nolan
RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta - Súil Siar
Today FM - Ray Darcy Show

Soundcue was set up by David to provide high quality digital audio content.

Projects include:
Incidental music for the play ‘Molly’s Only Playboy’ (2003) by Ed Callan, based on the life of JM Synge.
Background music for an art installation in the Irish Film Centre.

Currently working on an education project for special needs children.