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Dublin born Eimear Quinn grew up in a family where singing (and choral music in particular) was hugely important. She joined her first choir at the age of four and at fifteen she started formal vocal training at the College of Music in Dublin Later DIT Conservatory) under the tutelage of Jody Beggan. She quickly developed a passion for early music and was a founder member of the ensemble Zefiro. Eimear holds an honors degree in music from National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

In 1995, she joined the Celtic chamber choir ANÚNA. She sang as one of their principal soloists for a year-and-a-half in cities all over Europe and recorded two albums with the group.

It was while singing with Anúna in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin that songwriter Brendan Graham invited her to sing his composition ‘THE VOICE’ as Ireland’s entry to the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest. Eimear won the contest in Oslo later that year.

Eimear then began touring, performing in Australia, America and all over Europe in venues including The Royal Albert Hall, The Sydney State Theatre and the Vorst National Brussels. She also made many television appearances and also presented Television and Radio programming for RTÉ and TV3.

Eimear has collaborated with a number of international composers on a range of musical and television projects. These have included performing and co-writing the score to Belgian drama series STILLE WATERS with Steve Willaert. She has also worked with CARLOS NUNEZ, the Galician piper and performed with Sir George Martin in Dublin.

Eimear continued to tour in Ireland both as a solo performer but also with other artists such as Liam Lawton. Eimear performed ‘Voice Of An Angel’ on Liam’s platinum selling album ‘Another World’.

2006 was the 10th anniversary of Eimear’s Eurovision win. To celebrate this she released the album ‘Gatherings’, a collection of music she had recorded over the previous decade. This was Eimear’s third solo disc and followed ‘Winter Fire and Snow’ and ‘Through The Lens of a Tear’; a song cycle on the legend of Tristan and Iseult, co-composed with Pól Brennan.

In December of 2006, Eimear was honored to appear at ‘Ireland’s Finest in Concert’ a gala celebration of the 25th anniversary of the National Concert Hall, along-side Irish artists such as Sharon Shannon, the Chieftains, Paul Brady, Sir James Galway and Brian Kennedy. This was broadcast on RTE television and has been released as a DVD.

In 2007, Eimear was chosen as by National University of Ireland to promote the studying of Music at NUI Maynooth in a nation-wide campaign.

Also in 2007 she worked with the award winning film-maker, Philip King to complete a critically acclaimed documentary on the subject of her music and collaboration with Belfast-born composer, Neil Martin for RTÉ ONE Television.

December 2007 saw the release of ‘O Holy Night’ a collection of carols, ancient chants and new compositions from Eimear, who has also produced and arranged the album. ‘O Holy Night’ was inspired by the overwhelming reaction to her performance of ‘O Holy Night’ live on Ryan Tubridy’s Radio 1 show the previous year.

This in turn led to Eimear presenting her own Television special ‘A Christmas Celebration with Eimear Quinn’ on RTE ONE Television in December 2008.

Since then Eimear has been touring and composing. In 2011 she was asked to perform for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to mark her State Visit to Ireland. Eimear also recently completed another documentary project for RTE and has performed as a guest artist with, among others, Philip King and writer Joe O Connor and the band Scullion. In August 2012 she performed at The Gathering concert in the O2 in Dublin, and a special concert with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in the NCH, Dublin in October 2012.

Most recently, Eimear was honoured to be asked to sing at Ceiliuradh, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, during President Higgin’s state visit to Britain.

Eimear has two daughters – Marlene born in April 2012 and Joelene born in October 2009 and is married to Noel Curran and lives in County Monaghan.