• Mary in Riga

Mary McCarthy is an internationally renowned performer, mentor and teacher.

Her music is based on her heritage of Irish traditional music but she is a true musical explorer who has been involved in many international projects and given recitals all over the world – in Sri Lanka, Norway, Spain, the Caribbean, the USA, Peru and Brazil as well as in the UK and in Ireland. She performs regularly (piano and accordion) with the saxophonist Richard Ingham and has issued six CDs.

Mary is one of the world’s leading Suzuki method experts and has studied directly with Dr Shinichi Suzuki, whose teaching methods continue to revolutionise music education. His philosophy and technique have opened up music learning to pupils of all ranges of ability. Mary McCarthy, with her inclusiveness and personal warmth, is the ideal proponent of this form of teaching. She has been Principal Piano Tutor, BA in Scottish Music at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, Glasgow, since its inception in 1996 and is Director of National Suzuki Piano Teacher Training Courses in no less than four countries: Ireland, Scotland, Latvia and Spain.


“McCarthy beguiles with understatement and glistens with melodic clarity”
– Peter Urpeth, Living Tradition

“Brilliant versatile virtuousity”
– Herald Insight, India

“Mary has a rare ability to make playing the piano both accessible to first time players and exciting to seasoned performers at one and the same time. Her pentatonic tours of the world seamlessly transport students through different times, places and genres weaving together a broad sonic tapestry with a golden thread of loving care. Students then have the opportunity to participate in group improvisations and to perform to each other in a safe and supportive environment. The perfect start to your musical day.”
– Tim Vincent Smith, Creative Director, Pianodrome