Fergus O’Carroll was born in Waterford, Ireland, into a musical family, settled on the French Horn after trying his luck on the violin and trumpet. He studied with Victor Malirsh in the Royal Irish Academy of Music under a scholarship from the Irish Youth Orchestra while finishing his schooling at St Finian’s College, Mullingar, home of the Schola Cantorum. He then joined the RTE Symphony Orchestra as fourth horn until 1977, when he was appointed 1st Horn with the RTE Concert Orchestra. In the meantime, Fergus studied horn with Niko Gruger of the Munich Conservatoire of Music and Dale Clevenger of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He returned to the RTE Symphony Orchestra in 1985 (then re-named the National Symphony Orchestra) and has since been Section Principal First Horn until 2016 as well as performing as soloist with most of the orchestras in the country. He is now Head of Brass and Percussion department at the RIAM in Dublin.