Farmleigh Spring Concert Series




The OPW in association with the Estonian Embassy‎ presents

An Evening with Kart Ruubel (Piano) & Nessa Ni Bhriain (Viola)

Friday April 21st 8pm Ballroom Farmleigh

Doors open at 7pm


This is a FREE event. Tickets will be allocated via lottery.

To apply please click here

The closing date  for entry to the draw is 5pm Tuesday the 11th April.

Winners will receive two tickets to the concert and only winners will be notified.



Nessa Ni Bhriain

Born in Dublin, Neasa began her musical education aged three with Judith Cullen-Moloney, later changing to the YES school of music with Maria Kelemen and Prof. Ronald Masin.

In 2008 Neasa began her third-level studies with Prof. Petru Munteanu at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock. In 2010 she made the change to viola and began her studies with Karin Wolf then changing in 2012 to Prof. Tatjana Masurenko at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig where she completed her Bachelor and Master studies. She is currently studying Konzertexamen with Prof. Erich Krüger in Weimar.

In addition to her studies, she has worked with musicians such as Yuri Bashmet, Thomas Riebl, Wilfried Strehle, Jean Sulem, Samuel Rhodes, Martin Outram and the Verdi Quartett.

In 2014 Neasa was awarded the 2nd Prize at the 1st Hindemith Viola Competition in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Neasa also won the Aileen Gore string competition in 2012 in Dublin and in the same year she won the 1st Prize and Special Prize for the performance of a contemporary work with her Trio Concorde at the “HMT-Musikpreis” in Rostock. In March 2016 Neasa was awarded a Special Prize at the Lionel Tertis Viola Competition

As a soloist Neasa has played with orchestras such as the Chamber Orchestra Sopot, Muko Leipzig, Concertino Ensemble, Leipziger Sinfonie Orchester and the Leipziger Hochschulorchester. She has also performed as both soloist and chamber musician at Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiel; the „Brücken“-Festival for contemporary music, Rostock; Hohenloher Kultursommer; Bronnbacher Musikfrühiling and Leipziger Mendelssohn Festtage.

In the 2014/15 season, Neasa played in the Gewandhausorchester zu Leipzig and she plays regularly as principal violist in chamber orchestras such as the Munich Chamber Orchestra & Dogma Chamber Orchestra. Since 2015, she is also the principal violist of „Ensemble Reflektor“, a young chamber orchestra based in Hamburg.

Neasa is very grateful to have been awarded various Stipends by Foundations such as „ad infinitum“of the HMT Leipzig, the Yehudi Menuhin „Live Music Now“- Scholarship and the Oscar und Vera Ritter Scholarship.

Neasa Ní Bhriain plays a viola made by Zvi Dori, Hannover 2009.


Kart Ruubel

Born in Tallinn, Estonia, in 1988, Kärt Ruubel began her piano studies in the Tallinn Music School with Kersti Sumera and Mati Mikalai. Between 2007 and 2008 she studied at the Academy of Music and Drama in Tallinn with Mati Mikalai. In 2008 she continued her Diploma studies with Prof. Matthias Kirschnereit and Prof. Stephan Imorde at the College of Music and Drama in Rostock, Germany, where she is currently pursuing her Master of Solo Piano. 

Since 2006 she has attended several master classes with the likes of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Bernd Goetzke, Angela Hewitt, Martin Roscoe, Arbo Valdma, Ragna Schirmer and Daniel Müller-Schott. 

During her studies she was awarded with the Oscar and Vera Ritter Scholarship, the Horst Rahe Scholarship, the Alfred Toepfer Scholarship and in 2010 Kärt received the DAAD prize. 

Kärt Ruubel has performed with several orchestras such as the North German Philharmonic, Pärnu City Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra Vorpommern and the Orchestra of Rostock’s College of Music and Drama. She has been invited to play at several music festivals including Festival “Klaver” and “Sügisfestival” in Estonia, Gezeiten Festival, Hohenlohe Kultursommer, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niestentaler Klavierfestival and Nordrügener Sommertage in Germany. She has played in many chamber music formations especially with strings. Since 2007 she has given many duo recitals with her violin partner Triin Ruubel including a critically acclaimed recital at the Usedom Festival in 2013. She is currently working together with cellist Florian Schmidt-Bartha with whom she also recorded for NDR Radio in Germany. 

Since 2011 she is a founding member of the German-based Neophon Ensemble for Contemporary music and has worked with composers such as Jörg Widmann, Peter Ruzicka, Marc Sabat and Wolfgang Rihm.