Since winning awards at the Besancon International Competition for Conductors, France, and theHungarian Television International Conductors Competition, Robert Houlihan's career has taken him to conduct leading orchestras in France, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, Macedonia, Poland, USA, Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela and South Africa. He conducted for several years at the Opera –Theatre de Metz, as well as frequently guest-conducting l'Orchestre National de Lorraine, l'Orchestre de Chambre de Metz and his own ensemble le Nouvel Ensemble Instrumental.
From 1990 until 1992 Robert Houlihan was principal conductor of the Tirgu Mures Philharmonic, Romania. From 1992 to 1998 he held the position of principal conductor and artistic director of the Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Hungary. Festival appearances include the BBC Proms, the Almeida Festival, London, the Budapest Spring Festival, the Bartok Festival, Szombathely, Hungary, the Summer Festival, Amsterdam, the Wurzburg Mozart Festival, Germany, Kilkenny Arts Week and Wexford Opera Festival, Ireland.
In addition to his conducting appearances Robert Houlihan teaches regularly, giving classes in Ireland, France, Holland, Portugal, Hungary, andVenezuela. From 1989 to 2012 he was a tutor on the conducting faculty, directed by George Hurst, at Canford (Sherborne) Summer School of Music.
Robert Houlihan returned to live in Ireland in December 2002 and now regularly conducts the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and RTE Concert Orchestra as well as appearing as with orchestras in Europe.
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