Irish Flutist Amy Gillen plays with ‘incredible dexterity and musicality’ and ‘sparkling fluidity and pristine clarity’. This review comes from the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year Final by music critic Dick O’Riordan where Amy was the winner of the 2018 Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year and was also awarded the Conrad O’Sullivan Memorial Award for the best woodwind/brass performance in the competition.  


Amy graduated from the Royal College of Music London as a Russell Race Scholar with a Distinction First Class Honours Masters of Music Performance in Classical and Jazz Flute. She was also awarded the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal for her outstanding contribution musically and to the life of the RCM. As part of being awarded the Tagore Gold Medal, Amy will be presented with the medal by HRH Prince of Wales. Most recently she was invited to perform for HRH Prince of Wales at the official grand opening of the Royal College of Music's new 24 million building development. She received a first class honours in her BA in Music Performance in Flute from Trinity College Dublin/Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2018 and also received her Licentiate Teaching Diploma from the RIAM. Amy was awarded the McCullough Cup and RTÉ Lyric FM Bursary at the 2019 Feis Ceoil Dublin. She has performed as soloist with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in 2018 and 2019. In February 2022, she recorded some solo music with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for future broadcast on RTÉ Lyric FM in June 2022. This was as a result of winning the 2019 RDS Jago Award. 


In November 2018, Amy made her debut performance at the Wigmore Hall in London where she was awarded the 2018 Irish Heritage Bursary for Performance. Commenting on the bursary being awarded, John Gilhooly OBE Chairman of the adjudicators and director of the Wigmore Hall said, “Amy is an immediately engaging artist from the moment she steps on the platform. She is a true musician in every sense. She greatly impressed the jury and this bursary comes at an important time in her development.” In December 2019, Amy played at the Soireé d’Or Royal College of Music event at the Victoria and Albert Museum London. 


Amy has won numerous prizes, which include the 2021 Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Bursary, 2017 Sir James Galway Rising Star Award and a 14K Gold Nagahara head joint for her flute at the 2017 Galway Flute Festival (GFF), Switzerland;  the Flax Trust Bursary and the Audience Award at the Flax Trust Music Awards in Belfast in October 2017; a Gemeinhardt piccolo at the 2016 GFF, Switzerland; the Yamaha Woodwind and Brass Bursary for Ireland in 2015; the Most Promising Young Musician at the 2015 Clandeboye Music Festival Belfast and a Haynes head joint at the 2015 GFF, Switzerland. As part of the Sir James Galway Rising Star Award, Amy gave a recital at the 2018 GFF Switzerland, which was supported by Culture Ireland. Amy also received funding towards the purchase of a new flute by the Music Network Music Capital Scheme and is supported by the Arts Council Travel and Training Award. 


Amy has subbed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra. She was selected to participate in the BBC Symphony Orchestra Pathway Scheme for 2018/2019 and also participated in the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Mentoring Scheme (2015-2017). Amy was selected as Principal Flute of the Royal College of  Music Chamber Orchestra to play in Windsor Castle for Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. She was also Principal Flute of the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra for concerts conducted by Rafael Payare, Sir Antonio Pappano, John Wilson and Michael Rosewell. 

During the Pandemic, Amy worked as a Music Teacher at an International School in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Whilst there, she was invited to collaborate with the UAE's first Emirati Rockband, Bafoory, for their third album 'Echoes in Eternity' on two of their tracks 'Time Waits for No One' and 'Broken Pieces.' 

Amy also performed at the ‘Weihnachtskonzerte’ in Klosters, Switzerland in December 2021. She is now a Nagahara Flutes Boston Artist & plays on a 14K gold flute. 

Amy teaches flute, piano and recorder. For further details please get in touch!