‘Virtuoso Flautist Harvey is Outstanding’ – The Beijing Review
‘A Master of His Instrument…A Confidence and Proficiency beyond most Traditional Players’ – Irish Music Magazine
Seven times All-Ireland Champion, Dr. Robert Harvey is a flautist from Mountrath, Co. Laois. Robert was selected by Donal Lunny as flute player for the TG4 series “Lorg Lunny”, which resulted in the formation of the band Ciorras,with whom he released the album ‘Silver Lining’ and toured extensively internationally.
In 2020, Robert released his critically acclaimed solo flute album ‘Feochán’ produced by Jiggery Pokery Productions which was recorded over three days in Tyrellstown House.
In 2019, Robert played the part of ‘Frank the Robin’ in Universal Studio’s ‘The Christmas Letter’ narrated by Kate Winslet and also features in the RTÉ produced animated children’s show ‘Peak Zoo’ as well as the recently released CD ‘Songs of Zelda: A Link to the Celts’, produced by Eimear Noone and Craig Garfinkle. As a member of the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland, he has featured in the shows Boroimhe, Macalla 1916, Legacy and Oriel Wave. Robert has also toured internationally with the Katerina Garcia Band, the Traditional Arts Collective, among others. Notable performances include a concert at Celtic Connections broadcast on BBC, Forbidden City Concert Hall Beijing, National Centre for Performing Arts Beijing, Saarang World Music Festival Chennai, The Barbican Theatre London, National Concert Hall Dublin in addition to performing at numerous state events including at Áras an Uachtarain, Dublin Castle, The Mansion House for Presidents Michael D. Higgins and Mary McAleese and visiting international dignitaries.
Robert is currently co-ordinating a project on behalf of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann which will result in the publication of a book and CD titled Feadáil: All-Ireland Champion Whistlers exploring the history and legacy of whistling in traditional Irish music which will be released later in 2021.
Robert studied music in Trinity College Dublin and Conservatory of Music and Drama DIT, where he graduated with first class honours and was presented with the President’s Gold Medal for Academic Excellence in 2010. Robert recently completed PhD research on Traditional Composition in the East Galway Style. Robert currently lectures in Irish music in Trinity College Dublin, and is a well-established teacher of flute, tin whistle, whistling and lilting with numerous all-Ireland Champion students. He is in demand as a teacher and guest lecturer at festivals and workshops having taught at Scoil Eigse and Bernard’s Summer School in Prague among many others.