Cleary studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Coral
Bognuda, Ivan Andrews and Aisling Drury-Byrne. At the age of
sixteen, she won an Arts Council grant to study with Antonio Janigro
at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Other teachers included Andre Navarra,
Paul Tortelier and Eleonore Schoenfeld.
studied at California State University, Fresno on scholarship and
graduated with a BA in music performance (magna cum laude). She then
received a further scholarship to study at the University of Southern
California, where she graduated with a masters degree (magna cum
in the USA, Annette was prizewinner of the Bell T. Richie Award and
the Los Angeles Young Artists Competition. She was also a recipient
of numerous awards for academic work, including the President's
Prize, the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and the National
Collegiate Music Award. A
German government grant enabled Annette to pursue postgraduate study
at the Stuttgart Hochschule fur Musik, where she graduated with a
K.A. (Kunstlerische Abschlussprufung), 1st
is a prizewinner of international competitions in Europe and the US
and has performed as soloist with many orchestras, including the
Sudwestrundfunk Orchester, RTE Concert Orchestra and the National
Symphony Orchestra (Ireland). In 1989 she was the first Irish
musician accepted to the prestigious Schleswig-Holstein International
orchestra which toured Europe and Russia with Leonard Bernstein.
has performed solo recitals and television broadcasts
internationally, including five tours of Japan. In Ireland she has
performed at major festival sand venues such as West Cork Chamber
Music at Bantry House, Eigse Carlow Arts Festival, Music for Wexford,
Airfield House, Kilkenny Arts Festival and the Cork Celebrity Recital
Series. Annette has acted as jury member for the Bucchi
International Competition in Rome.
Principal and Sub-Principal cellist, Annette has worked with many
orchestras including the RTE Concert Orchestra, D'Oyly Carte Opera,
London Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Irish
Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Ireland and Concorde.
present, Annette teaches at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where
she is also pursuing a Doctorate degree with Denise Neary. Annette
gives master classes at Ceol na Mara Summer School for Strings in
Connemara, and has been artist-in-residence at two primary schools in
Co. Wicklow. She plays as guest principal with the National Symphony
Orchestra of Ireland. As
part of her current research, Annette has presented a paper at the
recent Society of Musicology in Ireland Conference at National
University of Ireland, Maynooth.
living in the US, Annette studied baroque cello and played as soloist
with Los Angeles Music Viva, which was founded by James Tyler and
more recently she has worked with the Irish Baroque Orchestra.