Cora Venus Lunny is an improvising violinist, violist, vocalist and composer with a strong classical background and extensive experience in many genres especially contemporary classical, improvised and folk musics.
As a child, Cora was already very passionate about music, winning the RDS Siemens Feis Ceoil Centenary Bursary in 1996, and the RTE Young Musician of the Future Competition in 1998. Her studying career took her all over Europe where she worked with Eugene Sarbu, Rimma Sushanskaya, Joji Hattori, Vladimir Spivakov, and Lara Lev. She was frequently to be found performing concertos and recitals to critical acclaim around Ireland and Europe, and when she was 20, Nigel Kennedy chose her to join him as second soloist on a tour of Japan, Taiwan, New Zealand and Australia. Her interests began to branch out from the classical soloist template which she had been indoctrinated in, and her skills expanded to incorporate improvisation, composition, the viola, vocal & ensemble work and recording. Another notable experience during this time was working with MIT Media Lab on their "Hyperviolin" project, and performing as soloist with the Boston Modern Orchestra in Boston and NY.
A member of Nick Roth's Balkan Dance Jazz Fusion collective Yurodny and the alternative group Fovea Hex helmed by Clodagh Simonds, both widely lauded by critics, Cora has performed, toured and recorded with luminaries such as Nigel Kennedy, Damien Rice, Crash Ensemble, The Republic of Loose, Sinead O’Connor, Laura Sheeran, Gavin Friday, The Swell Season, Julie Feeney, Niwel Tsumbu, etc; she has also toured the world as a classical soloist and appeared on dozens of albums, for many of which she also composed the string arrangements. In 2015 she founded a string quartet with Aoife NiBhriain (violin), Lisa Dowdall (Viola) and Kate Ellis (cello).
A fascination with consciousness and groove drives her passion for music and performance. Cora has a special fondness for bringing new music to diverse audiences, and she has premiered many contemporary works as a soloist, with her string quartet, with the Crash Ensemble, and as a collaborator.
Her own albums, “1943” (2011), a self-produced EP of covers and originals, and “Terminus: Conscientiae” (2014), a spontaneously composed response to Bartok’s Solo Sonata, are available on Diatribe/Rue Faubourg Records.