Born in Dublin, Ireland, Aisling began to play the violin at the age of nine. She went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London with Professor Maurice Hasson, completing a BMus (Performance) Degree in 1995 and then went on to complete two years of further study at the “Hans Eisler” Hochschule für Musik in Berlin with Professors Stefan Piacard and Michael Erxleben. During her 11 years in Germany, she played with many different ensembles including the Kammerphilharmonie, Bremen and was a member of Ensemble “Oriol”, Berlin, performing regularly in Berlin’s Philharmonie Hall. In 2000, she became a member of the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Frankfurt (R.S.O. Frankfurt) and was with the R.S.O. until 2007 where she was then appointed a position with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra based in Edinburgh U.K. Winner of the String section in R.T.E.’s “Young Musician of the Future” in 1994, Aisling has appeared as guest soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland on a number of occasions.
Aisling is a founding member of Artisan Trio. Their five concert series ‘Pendulum’ (2013) presented five new commissions from composers who studied and worked in Edinburgh, but now live across the globe. From 2012-2015, Artisan performed Messiaen’s ’Quartet for the End of Time’ as part of Holocaust Memorial Day.
O’Dea is an active member of the SCO Vibe team, a fusion orchestra led by internationally renowned animateur and guitarist, Paul Griffiths, for young musicians aged 11 to 18, which is organised by SCOConnect, the education and outreach department of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She is also actively involved in other areas of SCOConnect work including narration of children’s stories and workshop leading.
Aisling performed as part of the Nederlands Dans Theater 2 on their May 2014 tour to Edinburgh, in which she performed Philip Glass’ solo violin work ‘Strung Out’. Always interested in something new and the opportunity to work with different art forms, in April 2017 she performed solo violin piece by composer Jeremy Thurlow ‘Ouija’ a five movement, partially improvised work, with recorded tape as part of the St Andrew’s Chamber Music Series.
Since 2013 Aisling has appeared regularly as guest with host ensemble Daniel’s Beard Chamber Ensemble as part of the Glasgow Cottiers Chamber Festival performing works such as Penderecki’s ‘Sextet’ in collaboration with High Heart Dance Company.