Biography

Fionnuala Sherry

Fionnuala grew up and went to school in Naas in County Kildare, Ireland – surrounded by a musical family that ignited her passion for music at an early age. She started to play the violin at the age of eight, and at fifteen she moved to Dublin to study music. She graduated with honours from Trinity College in Dublin, and the College of Music, and was later employed by the RTE Concert Orchestra, where she was a member for ten years.

In addition to the classical symphonic and operatic repertoire, Fionnuala possessed a much wider musical interest. This is evident in the eclectic body of artists and projects she has been involved with, including The Chieftains, Sinead O’Connor, Van Morrison, Chris de Burgh, Bono and Wet Wet Wet. With the Irish Film Orchestra she’s also recorded several Hollywood film scores, such as “The River Runs Wild”, “A Room With a View” and “The Mask”.

That same wide interest in music led her to conceive, write and present her own music series for children on Irish national TV – all this leading up to her fated meeting with Rolf Lovland and the founding of Secret Garden in 1994.

Onstage, she enchants audiences throughout the world, through her musical intensity and soulful performances. In Secret Garden’s music, her unique violin virtuosity provides the heartstrings, voice and wings for Lovland’s compositions.

She performs on an English John Edward Betts violin from 1790, with a Hill bow, both on stage and in the studio.

Rolf Løvland – Composer/Arranger/Producer/Keyboardist


Rolf was born in Kristiansand, in southern Norway, in 1955. His first brush with composing came at the early age of nine when he formed his first band. From then on, and throughout his youth, music came to be his constant companion and focus in life. He later studied music at the Music Conservatory in Kristiansand – and continued his Masters Degree studies in music at the Norwegian Institute of Music in Oslo.

By the time he’d unveiled his “Secret Garden” to the world, Rolf had already earned himself a Norwegian Grammy Award and the reputation as Norway’s most successful popular songwriter – topping the national radio charts (Norsktoppen) more than 60 times. For two consecutive years, his songs had won the National radio chart “Song of the Year-award”.

Rolf was also a two-time winner of the international Eurovision Song Contest final – in 1985 with “La det swinge”, and in 1995 with “Nocturne”. He is also a four-time winner of Norway’s national Eurovision Song Contest finals. In 2007 he received the coveted Achievement Award at the Norwegian Grammies where his international achievements were recognized. Among his most successful songs are “You Raise Me Up” recorded by over 1000 artists (among them are Josh Groban and Westlife and Il Divo) and “I’ve Dreamed of You” recorded by Barbra Streisand.

The founding of Secret Garden has given Rolf the freedom to explore (and for us to experience) deeper emotional dimension and wider musical landscape than the earlier phase of his career had allowed. It has also proven the composer, Rolf Lovland, to be a musical force of considerable stature.

Stage Instruments: Acoustic Grand Piano or Yamaha Digital piano GT2 or NS3.
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Posted July 10th, 10:21 am

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Here is some insight into the song Elan. Enjoy!

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This is the song I play when I pretend that I can also play violin in my head LOL. Anyways just a little critique I could barely hear you guys over the music but I’m glad for the video I LOVE Elan!!!

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Posted July 8th, 10:36 am

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Another one of our most popular songs; Song From A Secret Garden… 🙌
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No other music speaks to my soul the way Secret Garden does❣🎶

I can't express how much I love this song ever since I first heard it when I was a kid. This & Adagio have always been on my playlist for decades.

Love their music.

My favorite and has been my favorite since the first time I heard it. It is where I go when I need peace. It is my secret garden.

I love your music so much!❤️❤️

My absolute favorite song ever

Love your music very much

One of my favorites too.

When will the 25th Anniversary Collection be available?

Thank you for lifting our hearts,our spirits and the vibration of our souls. May the Universe continue to shine on you so we can be the fortunate ones to hear it. Not a single day goes by without your music playing in our home. All my best 💜🌹

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Love music…great

best song !!!

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Posted July 3rd, 11:18 am

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Get the story behind Sleepsong 🌙
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If I had to pick ONE vocal track from SG, this is the one. The soothing melody, and the lyric that truly blesses whoever is listening to it… The combination is just perfect.

The most beautiful lullaby in the World (vocally & lyrically) I played to my 4 year son since before he was even born – thank you Secret Garden 💕

I freaking LOVE that song. It competes with evensong for my favorite song ever

Absolutly mesmerising! 😍

I was listening to the CD Earthsongs while soaking in the bath today; as always, I get to track 6, and don't want to move! The most beautiful song ever! 🌞🙏🏻🍀

There are only few things in this worlds that put me in tears. Sleepsong is one of them. Love you guys ❤️

Always makes me cry…

One of My favorites songs for sure

My fav lullaby

Thanks for the love react!! ❤️🙂🙂

Such a beautiful song ❤️

Makes me highly emotional yet at peace ❤️

I love your music

I want to watch on YouTube

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Posted June 17th, 1:23 pm

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We share some thoughts about the song Moving! Go to YouTube to see the whole performance. See MoreSee Less

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Great. Love you music

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Posted June 16th, 9:33 am

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Today: Were honoured that Quincy Jones is using You raise me up in global online piano recital!In partnership with Quincy Jones and Hal Leonard Corporation, we are excited to announce the launch of the “You Raise Me Up” Global Piano Recital – a worldwide piano class and virtual recital to bring the world together through music! 🎹🌍🎶⁣
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During this time when we cannot physically be together, we are inviting you to spend time as a global community learning a beautiful, uplifting song “You Raise Me Up” popularized by Josh Groban, and later perform it as one global piano voice! 🙌⁣

Beginners, kids, advanced players – all can take part and learn a section of “You Raise Me Up” with FREE video lessons released every day until all the sections of the song have been covered.
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Here’s how to participate:⁣

1. Download the Playground Sessions app and locate the FREE “You Raise Me Up” course to learn with the full interactive experience OR go to www.playgroundsessions.com/global-piano-recital to follow along on the website.⁣

2. Pick your difficulty level and start learning!⁣

3. As you’re learning the song, share your progress and milestones with fellow learners using the hashtag ➡️#GlobalPianoClass and tagging @thePlaygroundSessions

4. Once you’ve learned your section, you will be able to submit your performance to the Global Piano Recital by posting your video on Facebook using the hashtag ➡️#GlobalPianoRecital and tagging @thePlaygroundSessions starting on June 1st (more details to come!)

If your profile is private, you can submit your video on www.playgroundsessions.com/global-piano-recital 🎹⁣⁣
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Today: Were honoured that Quincy Jones is using You raise me up in global online piano recital!

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