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The Kingston Academy of Music was founded in 2008 to enable the fostering of a community-friendly ethos; supporting local and international musicians, visual artists, graphic artists, and writers in all areas of Performance, Teaching and Learning, with a clear mission of educating our future audiences and future performers of all ages and all levels. Our vision for the future is to combine the academic and creative possibilities of music education and performance at all levels and in every genre, and to build on the foundations that have been carefully structured.

The unifying factor and vision of all of our projects is to achieve the personal development and growth of Ireland's next generation of performers. We continues to focus on our student-centered, musical skill-building programs which combine musical excellence with teaching in support of many areas including the support and development of careers that may combine musical excellence with teaching, advocacy, community outreach and leadership. All achievements to date have been fueled by a genuine passion to share and nurture our future performers – and that remains at the core of our ethos.

Audrey McKenna - Director

Junshi Murakami


Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Junshi Murakami has been living in Ireland since 1999. He studied the harp with Áine Ní Dhubhghaill at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where he was awarded a Diploma in Irish Harp performance in 2005. This is his ninth year at the Kingston Academy.

Junshi has been involved in a number of events and recordings in Ireland, Denmark, Italy and Japan, including a critically acclaimed debut album from Lisa O'Neill, Lisa O'Neill has an Album (2009) and performances at the Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Culture and Electric Picnic. He is widely regarded as one of the finest harpists currently working in Ireland.

Junshi's arrangements of traditional Irish tunes can be found in the compilation Rhogha na gCruitiri (Cáirde na Cruite 2010), which are included in the RIAM syllabus for Irish harp examination. In 2013, he released an album with the legendary Kerry accordion/concertina player Máire Úna Ní Bheaglaoich, Ceol Uisce, which topped the Japanese folk music chart in the Irish Music Magazine.

In recent years Junshi has written two books about the Irish harp that have been published in Japan and has organised an acclaimed festival of Irish harp music in Tokyo.

Student & Teacher Portal

Student & Teacher Portal

We are working towards the setup of a community portal for teachers, students & parents alike. It will become the main point of interaction and information exchange of our academy.
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Chamber of Arts

Chamber of Arts

is an initiative of Audrey McKenna, Founder/Director of the Kingston Academy of Music in Dalkey and endorsed by the DLR Chamber of Commerce under its then President Neil Keenan.
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