Championing contemporary & classical music

SINCE 2009



Described by The Irish Times as a “genre-blind mini festival” and the “capital’s premiere salon series”, Kaleidoscope has long been acclaimed as a hugely important pillar of Dublin musical life. Founded in 2009 by violinist Cliodhna Ryan and cellist Kate Ellis, the series sought to take classical music out of its typical setting and transplant it into an informal and intimate alternative.

What happened as a result was a kind of musical revolution- a monthly musical revolution. 7 years later and the series is still held up by audiences and performers alike as the number one go-to place for a sociable evening of lesser-heard, rarely-heard or never-heard small-ensemble music performed by the country’s top professionals.

An event is presented in Dublin’s BelloBar on the first Wednesday of every month, now curated by violist Karen Dervan and cellist Lioba Petrie, and the series regularly undertakes national touring.

The Kaleidoscope Team


Curator & Presenter

Karen is a proud Galwegian and viola player, who works as a freelancer with all of the Ireland’s professional orchestras and opera companies. Having performed at the series many times before, she came on board the Kaleidoscope team in 2013.

A graduate of NUI Cork and the University of Limerick, she worked for 4 years as a classical music columnist with The Sunday Tribune newspaper. She’s a former member of the band 3epkano, which performed live soundtracks for old silent movies and did so all over Ireland and in New York and Washington.

Karen’s nickname is the Dervanator and from this, the verb “to dervanate” and the noun “dervanation” has fallen into common parlance amongst colleagues and friends.


Curator & Presenter

Cellist Lioba Petrie studied in Dublin’s Conservatory of Music and Drama, and NUI Maynooth. She enjoys teaching, performing, composing and is passionate about chamber music. Recent endeavors include composing and performing music for theatre (Limbik Theatre Co.). Lioba is a member of Unshaped Form with whom she composes and performs soundtracks for old silent movies and modern film.

September 2015 took Lioba to Paris where she enjoyed an artist’s residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais and was commissioned to compose and perform a new score to Chris Marker’s film “La Jette” (1967).

Lioba can often be seen leaping around the hills of Wicklow where she enjoys hiking, swimming and sitting in front of open fires.


Sound Engineer & Producer

Adrian is a graduate in music performance at the Purcell School of Music and the Royal Irish Academy of Music and has a masters degree in music technology and multimedia composition at Trinity College Dublin. Adrian has worked throughout Europe and America as a performer, composer, sound engineer and producer. Since 2011 Adrian has been production manager for Crash ensemble and has been technical producer and sound engineer for Dublin’s highly acclaimed Kaleidoscope Night since it’s inception in 2009.

As a sound engineer and producer, Adrian has worked with some of the leading names and institutions in music, including Kevin Volans, Gerrald Barry, Barry Guy, NicMuhly, Steve Reich, Michael Gordon, Bang On A Can All-stars, Barbican London, Carnegie Hall New York, Kennedy Arts Centre Washington DC, NOTAM Oslo, SARC Belfast, Virginia Tech and Princeton University.


Stage manager & Photographer

Juraj grew up in Bratislava, Slovakia. After spending years studying and working in Civil Engineering, he moved to Dublin to improve his English and look for new opportunities. After years working in hospitality, he came on board the Kaleidoscope team as stage manager and later, as photographer as well. Since then Juraj completed a diploma in Festival Management and Sound Production at the Sound Training Center in Temple Bar Dublin. Currently he is a freelancing as stage manager and photographer with jobs across Ireland’s major festivals and abroad.

After nearly 10 years of living in central Dublin Juraj recently moved to the pretty but remote countryside of Kildare and loves his new life there, where he keeps two dogs and a vegetable and herb garden.

BelloBar Music Venue

First Wednesdays

In November 2015 Kaleidoscope moved it’s monthly residency to BelloBar, an independent music venue which opened in Dublin in November 2013. The brainchild of Music PR Consultant Ciara Coyne and Anna Gallagher & Shane Masterson from BASK Design Studio, it is located below the Lower Deck pub in Portobello.

BelloBar is reviving a Dublin tradition of live music at Portobello Harbour; from low-key, intimate performances to vibrant gigs, BelloBar showcases local and international acts across the wide spectrum of contemporary music. As an independently run venue they are working to become a part of the music community in Ireland, with a focus on facilitating and promoting memorable live performances.