Niall O’Sullivan reimagines some of the most beautiful melodies in the world to create his latest album
‘Niall O’Sullivan and Friends’.
Showcasing his ability to perform in several genres of music, Niall is joined by a host of international stars from the worlds of opera, jazz and theatre. With production from the legendary classical musician Julian Lloyd Webber, accompaniment is provided by the ‘World’s Favourite Orchestra’ the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and conductor David Brophy to bring to life the stunning arrangements created by Gavin Murphy (arranger/producer).
On hearing the news of Julian Lloyd Webber’s retirement from cello performing, Niall wondered what he would do if he was in a similar position and had to give up playing the trumpet. The answer was music production. He touched base with Mr Webber’s management and from there the plan was hatched. With guidance from Julian and Gavin Murphy the songs were chosen and Niall set out to find some of the finest artists in the world to collaborate with.
Irish tenor Emmet Cahill croons the loved ballad ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’. Nineteen-time Grammy nominee, Four-time Grammy winner and all-time guitar great, Larry Carlton lends high ‘sweet' tone to the classic song ‘Let it Be Me’. Theatre royalty Kim Criswell sparkles like only she can on ‘Por Favor’. Opera superstar Danielle de Niese steps into the jazz world to deliver her unique take on the standard ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’. Celtic music star Lisa Lambe haunts us with the glorious ‘Answer Me My Love’.
“The idea for ‘Niall O’Sullivan and Friends’ was simple, to bring together world class artists to produce a remarkable album of beautiful songs”.
Since releasing his self-titled debut album Niall O’Sullivan has wowed audiences all across Ireland. His interpretations of jazz ballads and classical works have earned him mass praise from local and national press. His reinvention of tangos have had audiences rise to their feet repeatedly. Niall O’Sullivan and his new approach to the trumpet have appeared on various platforms in Ireland from the Grand Canal Theatre to the National Concert Hall, with reqular appearances on live TV & Radio. Whether he is performing with full orchestra or piano, Niall O’Sullivan and his fellow musicians continue to dazzle the public and give them a fresh appreciation for the trumpet. Bach to Brecht, Handel to Hammerstien, Purcell to Piazzolla, there is no genre Niall O’Sullivan will not tackle.
With a love of opera and the human voice,
Niall O’Sullivan tries to emulate this passion when performing, his voice is his trumpet.
When the trumpet world got word of his growing profile as a performer and recording artist, Niall signed up to become a performing artist for Schilke trumpets. This relationship has seen Niall represent Schilke across the world from Dublin to Los Angeles.
As a side man, Niall has worked with Tom Jones, Michael Búble, Amy Winehouse, Perry Como, Dionne Warwick, Curtis Stigers, Katherine Jenkins, Imelda May, Chris de Burgh, The Pogues, Lalo Schifrin, Jose Carreras, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sinead O’Conor, Bill Whelan and many many more.
Niall started performing at the age of eight in the Artane Boys Band, Dublin. With “the best foundation imaginable” in place, Niall started lessons on scholarship at the DIT Conservatory. He then studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music for a further four years. Niall was awarded a scholarship for post graduate studies at the Royal College of Music, London.