Tara McNeill is a violinist, singer and harpist from Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Tara is a member of Grammy nominated Irish Music Sensation 'Celtic Woman'. She is the first multi instrumentalist to join the #1 World Music Artists as she brings her violin and harp to the stage . Tara made her debut performance with Celtic Woman in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 16th 2016.
'Voices of Angels', Tara's debut album with Celtic Woman, went to No.1 in the Billboard World and Classical album charts. TV specials and albums include 'Homecoming: Live from Ireland' and the epic 'Ancient Land' filmed in Johnstown Castle in Co. Wexford.
With Celtic Woman Tara has performed in venues such as the iconic Red Rocks, Colorado, the 3 Arena, Dublin and Wolf Trap, Virginia. On their Christmas Symphony tour, Celtic Woman perform with America's leading orchestras namely the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
Tara graduated with First class honours in the BA in Music Performance (violin) at the Royal Irish Academy of Music under the tuition of Michael D’Arcy. She has toured China, Argentina, Chile and Mexico with Camerata Ireland and world renowned pianist, Barry Douglas, performed with the RTE Concert Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra, led the Ulster Youth Orchestra and both the RIAM Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. Tara performed the Irish premiere of Finzi's Violin Concerto in the National Concert Hall, Dublin in 2013.
Tara has toured Canada, China, Japan and Holland as both a singer and solo violinist with the vocal group Anúna . She is also the solo violinist on their album ‘Illumination’.
Orchestral tours have taken Tara throughout Europe, China, Japan, Korea and America performing in venues such as Carnegie hall, New York, Oriental Arts Centre, Shanghai and the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing. She has won many awards including the Inaugural Flax Trust Classics £5000 bursary and The George & Angela Moore Flax Trust Classics Audience Award in 2012, the Leo Gibney Award for Chamber Music (RIAM), Ballymena Music Festival’s prestigious Young Instrumentalist Award in 2009 and Holywood Music Festival’s Ulster Bank Festival Gala Cup and the d’Arcy Cup and Award in 2010.
Exciting collaborations have included artists such as Bono, Josh Groban, Damien Rice, Julie Feeney and Il Divo. She has appeared on RTE's Late Late Show and Saturday Night Shows.
Tara was a lead in the show 'Ireland Calling' in which she was a singer, violinist and harpist. The show appeared in Copenhagen, Denmark and Dublin, Ireland in 2014.
She was selected as Head Girl in St. Louis Grammar School, Ballymena 08/09 and obtained a First class honours in the RIAM's Diploma in Music Teaching and Performance in June 2009.
Tara performs on a Roger Hansell violin.