Originally from Dublin, Tomás O Durcain began playing the electric guitar at 14 before switching to classical at 17. He graduated from the DIT Bmus (performance) programme, where he obtained a second class honour with a first in performance after studying with Michael O’Toole, Alan Grundy and John Feeley, and gained his Mmus as a student of Graham Anthony Devine at Trinity College of Music, London, graduating with the prestigious Cleeve Montague award for the highest results achieved by a guitarist.
Tomás has been commended in many competitions in both Ireland and abroad and has had master classes with such respected guitarists as John Mills, Ray Burley, Berta Rojas Robert Brightmore and Eduardo Catamario. He won the silver medal at the 2010 Classical Guitar Feis Ceoil, and was Highly Commended in the Aileen Gore string competition in the same year.
A keen supporter of new music, Tomás has commissioned several new works for solo guitar by young composers such as Declan Kolakowski, Mike Maclennan, Effy and Litha Efthymiou and Caroline Heslop. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in many prestigious venues across the world, including the Lincoln centre in New York, the Luis Ángel Arango Library in Colombia, as well as Wigmore hall in the UK and most major venues across Ireland.
In addition to his teaching and solo commitments,Tomás is currently a performing member of the Dublin Guitar Quartet, with whom he presented a concert of the complete string quartets of Philip Glass, and participated in a performance of Sofia Gubaidulina’s ‘Repentance’ with celebrated Russian cellist Ivan Monighetti and Irish double bassist Malachy Robinson, in the presence of the composer. He has also appeared with the group frequently on both television and radio in Ireland as well as the US.
Tomás has recorded several CD’s with the quartet including two CD’s released by the Louth Contemporary Music Society, an album of music for electric guitar quartet, and an album of the complete Philip Glass string quartets arranged for guitar, released on Glass’s own label. With the group he has also been involved in the premiere of several new works by Irish composers such as Simon Cullen, Linda Buckley and Michael Fleming, and new works by American composers Michael Gordon and Nico Muhly.