Photo by Matt GrumMichelle O’Rourke is an Irish vocalist based in Dublin & Berlin. Her natural, direct sound and unaffected expressivity make for a performer of rare dynamism.

In recent years Michelle has found most inspiration in the work of living composers. She has been involved in the commission, premiere and touring of works by, Linda Buckley, Garrett Sholdice, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, Judith Ring and Andrew Hamilton, amongst others. She continues to commission new works and to collaborate with living composers.

Michelle performs regularly with Ergodos Musicians. Their recently released album Songs, on which Michelle is featured vocalist, has been widely praised, receiving the CD choice listing in The Irish Times. The album features arrangements, by Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Garrett Sholdice, of song repertoire spanning more than 800 years.

Ergodos Musicians album I Call to You, released in early 2013, was hailed as ‘perhaps the most important record of new irish music released this year’. Michelle’s performances on I Call To You have been individually lauded as majestic, energised and haunting. She has also performed as vocalist with Crash Ensemble, and as alto soloist with the RTE Concert Orchestra.

At the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2012, Michelle was one of five selected artists to perform a Huddersfield Short. Her performance of music for voice and tape was singled out as an ‘exquisite moment’ in the UK Independent. Her dynamic vocal performance in Hamilton’s demanding music for people who like art with Crash Ensemble at HCMF was also singled out in the Irish times.

Recent projects have included presentation of works by Irish composers as part of the Association of Irish Composers‘ Irish Canon Series.

In 2014 Michelle was awarded Music Bursary and Travel and Training awards by The Irish Arts Council to support periods of professional development.