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.
"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."
"...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. 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!"
“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...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"