Fionnuala Moynihan is currently completing her doctorate in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she studies with Dr. John O’Conor and Professor Reamonn Keary. It is the first doctorate of its kind in Ireland and Europe, based upon the performance aspect rather than the academic. Fionnuala began her piano studies at the Cork School of Music where she studied with Eleanor Malone.
In 2001 she received her Honours Bachelor of Music degree from the Birmingham Conservatoire where she graduated with the Graduate award for pianists and the prestigious Weingarten scholarship enabling her to commence her studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. From 2001-2004 Fionnuala studied with Professors Kornél Zempleni and Balazs Szokolay at the Franz Liszt Academy after which she returned to Ireland where she was awarded her Masters of Music degree from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Dublin City University. Fionnuala also studied at the Paris Conservatoire from 1999-2000 where she studied with Madame Brigitte Engerer and at the Aspen Music Festival and School where she studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky.
Fionnuala has been awarded many prizes both at home and abroad including a Bank of Ireland Millenium Scholarship, the prestigious Maura Teissier Bursary and the Rena Menasche Award from the Tel-Hai Piano Masterclass series held in Israel. Fionnuala currently teaches piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. In July 2008 she was a member of the jury for the National Marcel Khalifeh Piano Competition held by the Edward Said Conservatory in Jerusalem.
Fionnuala has given recitals and concerto performances throughout England, France, Holland, Italy, Israel, U.S.A and Hungary as well as in Irish venues such as the John Field Room at the National Concert Hall, Áras an Uachtarán, Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, National Art Gallery, Cork Opera House, Bantry House and the Crawford Art Gallery.
Recently she performed as soloist with the R.T.E. Concert Orchestra at the National Concert Hall, Dublin as part of their Summer Lunchtime series, broadcast live on Lyric FM.