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All About Holly Mulcahy, violinist

“After hearing Scheherazade at an early age, she fell in love with the violin and knew it would be her future…”
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CSO Concertmaster

Holly is Concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera

“It is a rich combination of great ingredients that make the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera instantly appealing. At first glance, the types of music programmed from season to season hint at the bold, purposeful, and passionate…”
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Holly is in the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra

“With a balance of natural beauty and musical splendor, The Grand Teton Music Festival feeds the senses and soul for musicians and music lovers alike. I’m proud to be a part of the fine music making each summer. A mix of the most talented and seasoned professional musicians from across the globe, these musicians have become close friends…”
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Cavani Hero 2016

Holly’s Violin; a 1917 Giovanni Cavani

It all started with the innocent phrase “try this, it speaks better than any modern Italian I’ve heard” and ended in love.
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Go Ahead. Listen.

Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio was such a blast to play at the 2011 Grand Teton Music Festival…performing this work in such a beautiful environment made the piece that much more special. The colors that were represented were all over the Teton Range, from flowers to vivid sunsets. Besides the nature that inspired us, we also had the fantastic opportunity to work through this piece with the composer present, a true honor and pleasure…”
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Writer Hero 2016

Holly is a Writer

Ms. Mulcahy became the author of Neo Classical; a column about the future of classical music in 2007 and since that time, the blog’s readership has exploded. Her articles are regularly cited in major market traditional media outlets along with a wide variety of online classical music sites.
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Word on the Street

Look below to read what a bevy of the finest artists in the business have to say about Holly’s playing and leadership skills…
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Lynn Harrel; Cellist
Lynn Harrel; Cellist

Holly Mulcahy is well known to me as a friend and musician of stature for a number of years. Her playing is superb with an accurate sense of rhythm and lyrical quality. In addition, she has leadership qualities and works well with others. A flexible and strong personality that is very attuned to creating a good working relationship to foster a high artistic achievement. I very much recommend her to any serious ensemble looking for a leading excellent player.

Jennifer Higdon
Jennifer Higdon

"Working with Holly Mulcahy was fantastic. She's a superb musician and a great colleague. I always think my Piano Trio is a great way test for violinists, because it has such wildly varying moods: long and lyrical lines, delicately played, and then racing and driving rhythms, moving at top speeds with intensity. Holly nailed it all splendidly. I would work with her again any chance I could. She was wonderful."

"As a perpetually-traveling guest conductor, I am fortunate to stand in front of 30 or more major American, Canadian, and international orchestras per year. And as such, I am equally fortunate to regularly work with some of the most talented concertmasters in the symphony world.

I would consider Holly Mulcahy among the upper echelon of those concertmasters. She combines an extraordinary set of skills that I consider optimum as a concertmaster, colleague, and collaborator. It starts with her exquisite playing, which is technically extraordinary, while at the same possessed of rich musicality and a gorgeous, full-bodied tone. Her stylistic knowledge is widely diverse and unfailing correct, and she maintains a wonderful rapport with her colleagues while at the same time maintaining an astute ability to lead. She is highly respected by all who have worked with her.

She is a delight with whom to make music, and as a conductor I can unequivocally say that she makes my job easier, and infinitely more enjoyable. The conductor / concertmaster relationship is a crucial one, and I can think of nobody that I would rather have immediately to my left than Holly Mulcahy."

"Holly Mulcahy was not only an excellent concertmaster for the orchestra, but her "Irish Fiddle" solo in the song "Dance Your Christmas" gave the show it's first standing ovation of the night. We were really lucky to have Holly on board!"

"[Holly] plays beautifully, but beyond that, [she] has an infectious enthusiasm and energy that inspires the rest of the orchestra."

"It was consistently reassuring to have [Holly as concertmaster], leading so effortlessly, and by example, respectful yet firm when necessary, sense of humor at the ready… Let's do more please!"

Todd Thomas
Todd Thomas

“I believe in large part, the musical success of my recent TOSCA performance with OPERA CEDAR RAPIDS was due in large part to the leading and sensitive playing of the concert mistress, HOLLY MULCAHY.With a talented and gifted conductor on the podium, (Daniel Kleinknecht) I sensed in large part, he could give a great deal of attention to the stage, knowing the orchestra was in secure and gifted hands of the Concert Mistress.

As I recall, the TOSCA performances were as close to a chamber music feeling of collaboration as it possibly could be. In simple terms, I sensed that the entire orchestra, upon the leading of HOLLY took an active listening role as much as playing. HOLLY was always a personable and consummate professional. I sensed a great deal of respect shown to her and from her form the other musicians in the pit, the maestro and the singers on stage as well. Holly was a superb CM in every regard.”

"Mulcahy seemed to meet the musical demands with ease and assurance. Her intonation was impeccable, and she dazzled with the mid-movement cadenza...With the final rousing chord, Mulcahy received cheers and cries of Bravo"

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