Tara Viscardi hails from the Beara Peninsula and is currently completing a Master of Music in Performance at the Royal College of Musicwith Ieuan Jones, alongside a Postgraduate Diploma in Harp Performance at the CivicaScuola di Musica Claudio Abbado, Milan with Irina Zingg. She is also a 2021 Wigmore Learning/Open Royal Academy of Music Fellow as member of early music/folk fusion trio Nobody's Jig.
First prize winner of the 2021 London Camac Harp Competition, recent performance highlights include appearances at the Bloomsbury Festival London, Dublin Philharmonic Society recital series, the Irish Embassy in London, The Royal College of Music Chamber Music series,and the Irish Cultural Centre, in association with Irish Heritage. Previous highlights include performing on the Young Artists Masterclass Programme at the 13th World Harp Congress Hong Kong, for HRH The Prince of Walesin Hillsborough Castle, and for Irish President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin.
Tara obtained her Bachelor of Music (Honours) from TU Dublin Conservatoire, where she studied with Prof.Clíona Doris and Denise Kelly McDonnell. Further awards include the John Vallery Memorial Prize for the ‘best performance by a string player’ at the 2016 Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year, runner up for the 2018 Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Performance as well as being a finalist for the 2020 Cherubim Music Trust Harp Competition. Tara has won all major prizes for harp at Irish classical Feiseanna.
A passionate Irish traditional musician, Tara regularly performs her own arrangements and compositions. Having performed and toured extensively with the TU Dublin Harp and Traditional Music ensembles, she has performed Live on RTÉ Ceili House and Radio Kerry. In 2018, she was a finalist in the World Music Competition at the Wales International Harp Festival, winning the Confucius Prize. She has performed at the CairdenaCruite International Irish Harp Festival.
Tara plays a beautiful Killarney Harp hand-crafted for her by Tim O’ Carroll in her native Co. Kerry, and is very grateful for the generous support of the Arts Council of Ireland and the RCM in the final year of her studies.