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martin tourish: dit, conservatory of music and drama, research scholar (abbest)
Martin Tourish was born into a musical family in Co. Donegal and began playing from three years of age. Named as being in the top 3 piano accordionists in Irish music in The Rough Guide to Ireland, he has brought his instrument to a new level by being the first piano accordionist to win TG4's prestigious "Young Musician of the Year" in 2008. He graduated from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama achieving first class honors in classical performance and winning the Anne Leahy Medal for the highest academic mark for his dissertation "The James Tourish Collection: Its Stylistic Significance within Its Cultural Context".
Martin was awarded an ABBEST scholarship from Dublin Institute of Technology to complete a PhD entitled, "The development of complex stylistic identities by way of the musical catalyst theory as a basis for third level education in traditional music and creativity".
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