Liz Knowles has brought her distinctive sound--the fire and finesse of Irish fiddle music combined with the tonal richness of the classical violin--to concert stages and festivals across the world. Her auspicious beginnings as the fiddler for Riverdance and as soloist on the soundtrack for the film Michael Collins established her as a virtuosic and versatile performer, and she has since performed as soloist with such orchestras as the New York Pops and the Cincinnati Pops. Liz was a member of the renowned Cherish the Ladies and today she performs with another all-star female super-group, the highly acclaimed String Sisters. She also travels the world as music director of the wildly popular Celtic Legends, the Irish music and dance show based in France.
Liz is well respected on both sides of the Atlantic as a player, composer and teacher. Her compositions and arrangements of tunes and songs have been recorded by John Whelan, Liz Carroll, Beolach, J.P. Cormier, Michael Black, John Doyle, Dennis Cahill, and Flook. Her newest release, “Making Time”, the first in eleven years, is a snapshot of two decades of living and breathing Irish music.
Liz is established as a well-known and sought-after teacher of Irish music. She has taught at the Catskills Irish Arts Week, she is a regular at the Swannanoa Gathering for their Celtic and Fiddle weeks, and has taught at many Irish piping festivals, with her husband Kieran O’Hare, across the US and in Ireland.