Appointed Director of the RIAM in October 2010, Deborah Kelleher has played an integral role in the strategic development of the institution’s international profile, outreach, and academic courses.
Milestone achievements include the introduction of specialised undergraduate degrees in composition and vocal studies; and the founding of Ireland’s first Historical Performance Department withThe Irish Baroque Orchestra.
In 2013, the RIAM became an associate college of Trinity College Dublin, and Deborah led this significant transition.
The RIAM has also forged significant performance partnerships with many of the world’s most prestigious music conservatoires including the Juilliard School, New York, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Liszt Academy, Hungary.
In 2016 Deborah was elected Vice-President of the European Association of Conservatoires.