Winner 2019: Michael Murphy
School: Presentation Brothers College,Cork
Note: Michael Murphy (18) a sixth-year student at Presentation Brothers College, Cork, is the winner of the €5,000 top prize at the Top Security Frank Maher Classical Music Awards for 2019, Ireland’s largest such competition for secondary schools.
Winner 2017: Killian White
School: Wesley College Dublin
Note: Killian used his bursary to attend masterclasses and audition expenses to secure his place of study at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin.
Winner 2016: Aidan Chan
School: Scoil Dara, Kilcock, Kildare
Note: Aidan used his bursary to study of music at the Royal Academy of Music London in September 2017
Winner 2015: Eoin Fleming
School: St MacDara’s Community College, Templeogue, Dublin
Note: Eoin used the bursary to study with John O’Conor at Shenandoah University, Virginia, U.S.A.
Winner 2014: Christopher Ellis
School: Sutton Park School,Howth, Dublin
Note: Christopher used the bursary to study at the Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique et de Danse Paris
Winner 2013: Mairead Hickey
School: Mount Mercy College, Bishopstown, Cork
Note: Mairead used the bursary to attend Kronberg Academy in Germany
Winner 2012: Sinead O’Halloran
School: Regina Mundi College, Cork
Note: Sinéad won the Father Frank Maher Classical Music Award in 2012 and used the bursary to attend the Meadows School of the Arts, in Dallas Texas
Winner 2009: Maire Carroll
School: Loreto College, St Stephens Green, Dublin
Note: Maire Carroll won the Father Frank Maher Classical Music Award in 2009. She used the bursary to attend master classes in New York and London
Winner 2008: Kevin O’Hara
School: St. MacDara’s Community College. Templeogue, Dublin
Note: Kevin O’Hara, won the Father Frank Maher Classical Music Award in 2008. Kevin used the bursary to fund his further education in music at the Guild Hall School of Music in London.
Winner 2007: Robert Farhat
School: The High School, Rathgar, Dublin
Note: Robert Farhat won the Father Frank Maher Classical Music Award in 2007 and used the bursary to further his education in music at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Winner 2006: Ayane Yamanaka
School: The Dominican College Sion Hill, Blackrock, Dublin
Note: Ayane Yamanaka won The Father Frank Maher Classical Music Award in 2006 and used the bursary to continue her studies in music.
Winner 2005: Karen Abe
School: Mount Sackville, Chapelizod, Dublin
Note: Karen Abe won The Father Frank Maher Classical Music Award in 2005 and used the bursary to continue her studies in music.