Irish born violinist Mollie Wrafter is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester under the tutelage of Leland Chen, internationally renowned soloist and winner of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. She is kindly supported through her studies by the Gladys Emily Woolston scholarship.
Prior to arriving at RNCM, Mollie studied with Oonagh Keogh (AGSM, M. A.) and her mother Dr. Geraldine O’Grady (D. Mus, FRIAM, 1er Prix Paris Conservatoire). Mollie has been a prize winner at Feis Ceoil, Midlands Feis and Feile Luimni, and has performed regularly with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, touring in Abu Dhabi and Lisbon as well as nationally.
Since beginning her studies at the RNCM, Mollie has won the Norman George Violin Scholarship Competition and has been awarded the Irish Heritage Performance Bursary for 2019/2020. She will make her London debut with Irish Heritage in the Rudolph Steiner Hall in Marylebone in June 2020. Mollie has been awarded the Trench Award Musical Futures bursary for 2016 and 2017. She has participated in masterclasses with Ning Feng, Frederieke Saeijs, Mauricio Fuks and Nicholas Trygstad.
Mollie performs regularly in venues throughout Ireland and the UK, most recently in Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Gloucester Cathedral. Last August, she toured the fortified churches of Transylvania, Romania with a solo contemporary repertoire. She has been the leader of the opera orchestra for RNCM’s production of Hansel and Gretel with conductor Anthony Kraus. Mollie has been a regular guest in Birr, Co. Offaly where she performs solo ‘Lunchtime Classics’ concerts.
Mollie plays with the emerging Trio Deanach, who have been awarded the Nossek Prize for 2020. With the trio, she enjoys performing in various halls around Manchester. She reached the finals of the Apprentice Competition organised by the Edinburgh Quartet in February 2018, and has acted as an apprentice for Adrian Mantu of RTE Contempo Quartet at Icon Arts Festival in Transylvania in the summer of 2018. Mollie is excited to join Manchester Collective on their UK tour this summer.
As an Irish student in the UK, Mollie prioritises the connection with her Irish heritage. She has collaborated with musicians from Wales, Scotland & England to form an ensemble which celebrated native music with a contemporary twist. Mollie also curates chamber concerts which comprise the music of female Irish composers in Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, the seat of feminism in Manchester. The project aims to celebrate the legacy of Irish female musicianship and artistry.
Through the support of the Wolfston Foundation, Mollie plays a copy of the ‘Lord Wilton’ Guarneri del Gesù crafted for her by Glen Collins in 2018.