Laoise O'Brien is a musician with a lifetime of performance experience. She has tutored extensively, including in her position as lecturer at the Conservatoire in Dublin and has managed multiple projects and ensembles.
Laoise has been active as a recording producer since 2011. She has worked on numerous albums, video projects and radio broadcasts, working in the genres of classical, traditional, folk and jazz. Her skill-set includes project management, programming, score reading, music editing (pro tools), video editing (premier pro), studio supervision, design, and art-work management.
Laoise works with a number of audio specialists, photographers, videographers, graphic designers, and post-production professionals, in addition to a successful partnership with Grammy Award winning recording engineer, Ben Rawlins.
In addition to album projects, Laoise is regularly engaged as a producer with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, producing material for both Radio 1 and RTÉ lyric fm.
She has worked as music producer on multiple video recordings including for Kilkenny Arts Festival, Boyne Music Festival, Musici Ireland, Music Network, and Blackwater Valley Opera Festival. Live concerts recordings are regularly broadcast on RTÉ, BBC and throughout the EBU.
In addition to music, Laoise has been involved in recordings which feature spoken word, including projects featuring actors Stephen Rea, Barry McGovern, and Nicole Rourke.
Laoise has a particular interest in recording previously unrecorded material and is proud to have produced the first recordings of works by many contemporary Irish composers, and by composers whose works were never recorded or performed in their lifetimes.
Máire Carroll- Pianist
'It was a pure joy working with Laoise on my recent album recording. Laoise's instinctive musicality and capacity to deeply engage with the music made this project a wonderfully fulfilling experience, both personally and professionally. I am forever grateful for her support and look forward to working with Laoise again in the future.'
Steven W. Warner- Composer/Director
'Not one, but two productions have I created under Laoise O'Brien's able hands. Yeats has said "tread softly, because you tread on my dreams." There is no better act of trust than giving over your own compositions – your own dreams – to a music producer. In my two generations of creating sacred music composition, I've never worked with someone as talented, patient, or having a better ear.'
Neil Martin- Composer
'I worked with Laoise on an orchestral album of my own compositions and from start to finish it was a pleasure. Her innate musicality, attention to detail & work ethic were top drawer from the outset & remained unwaveringly so despite the Covid-interrupted extended duration of it all. She selflessly soldiered on with grace & professionalism. I wholeheartedly recommend Laoise.'
Malachy Robinson- Bassist
'Laoise is a brilliant musician and a very warm person, with fantastic ears and an innate desire to serve the art. In my experience, she will ensure any project is revealed in its best light, fulfilling its potential.'
Aisling Ennis- Harpist
'For me, recording my album was about holding space for something vulnerable and purely creative, and stepping into that space felt like it might be easily misunderstood because I wasn't going about it in an expected way. Laoise's willingness to navigate that terrain with me and to nourish that creative space allowed for an experience that not only elevated what I was able to do, but also helped to create personal catharsis knowing that she was able to hold that space figuratively and transfer that understanding into the craft of producing an album.'
'Laoise is the recording producer for my new album. During the recording process, Laoise took on a lot of responsibilities so that I could focus on giving my very best performance at the recording studio. It was so helpful to have an excellent and highly experienced extra set of ears listening out for the very best recording. In addition to her production expertise, Laoise is a is a highly accomplished musician, this places her in a unique position as being someone who knows how it feels to be a performer, she understands the focus required and the environment necessary to give the best performance possible. She is diplomatic and highly emotionally aware which is essential when it comes to getting the best performance from musicians. I felt so strong and focused during the recording process because Laoise made it possible for me to put all of my energy into the music.'
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