Gary Arbuthnot “Celtic Connections”

This season in his latest show, Celtic Connections, the talented flautist Gary Arbuthnot will put a new spin on Celtic classics and beloved Irish melodies, bringing a taste of his homeland to The Lyric stage. This high energy show will highlight some of the great Celtic Music made famous by incredible artists such as Sir James Galway, The Chieftains, The Dubliners, The Corrs, Michael Flatley and shows including Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and Celtic Tiger; some of the greatest Celtic classics, infusing his impressive musical performance with a dash of humor.

Gary Arbuthnot was born in Antrim, Northern Ireland in 1972. A highly talented flautist, Arbuthnot began his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he was awarded the Meaker Fellowship. Later, he studied at the prestigious McGill University in Montreal and privately with James Galway before breaking out on the classical music scene in 1998, earning prizes at the Markneukirchen and Carl Nielsen International Flute competitions. His talent and reputation only grew as the young musician earned awards from the Hattori Foundation, the Claudio Abbado European Young Musicians Trust, and the BBC Radio Three Young Artists Forum. Over his career, Arbuthnot has worked with a number of international symphonies, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Opera de Lyon. Recently, Arbuthnot has begun performing on some of the top cruise lines in the world and was voted Entertainer of the Year by the World’s Leading Cruise Line, Crystal Cruises. Covering genres ranging from classical to pop to jazz, Arbuthnot has traveled across the world, performing to sold-out audiences of all ages and backgrounds.