Cora Venus Lunny

"...Lunny travels back and forth between single and dual voices, mournful and dramatic melody, trance-like mellowness and boldly defined rhythms, lyricism and dissonance."

– All About Jazz

Cora Venus Lunny is an Irish improvising violinist, violist, vocalist, and composer.

Cora Venus Lunny is an improvising violinist, violist, vocalist, and composer with a strong classical background and extensive experience in many genres, especially contemporary classical, improvised, and folk music.

Born in Dublin, Cora was first given a violin at the age of three and never looked back. A life in music became her goal and, from the age of thirteen, she studied classical violin intensively with highly respected violinists around Europe, including Rimma Sushanskaya, Joji Hattori, Alexander Arenkov, Arkady Futer, Lara Lev and Vladimir Spivakov. She was frequently to be found performing concertos and recitals to critical acclaim around Ireland and Europe, and when she was 20, Nigel Kennedy chose her to join him as second soloist on a tour of Japan, Taiwan, New Zealand and Australia. 

For the next few years, Cora appeared on over 30 albums of recorded music and in innumerable gigs. She has worked with, to mention just a few, Damien Rice, The Republic of Loose, Kanye West, Laura Sheeran, The Jimmy Cake, Camille O’Sullivan, Julie Feeney, The Blizzards. Her interests began to branch out from the classical soloist template which she had been indoctrinated in, and her skills expanded to incorporate improvisation, composition, the viola, vocal & ensemble work, and recording. 

A fascination with consciousness and groove drives her passion for music and performance. Cora has a special fondness for bringing new music to diverse audiences, and she has premiered many contemporary works as a soloist, with her string quartet, with the Crash Ensemble, and as a collaborator. Her own albums, “1943” (2011), a self-produced EP of covers and originals, and “Terminus: Conscientiae” (2014), a spontaneously composed response to Bartok’s Solo Sonata, are available on Diatribe/Rue Faubourg Records.