The Great Romantics

The Great Romantics

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 8.00pm

David Tobin (violin)
Côme Giraudon (cello)
Flávio Barbosa (horn)
Anton Gerzenberg (piano)

J. Brahms - Horn Trio, op. 40 in Eb Major
E. Elgar - Sospiri, op. 70 for violin and piano
J. Ducros - Encore for cello and piano
R. Schumann - Adagio and Allegro, op. 70 for horn and piano
F. Mendelssohn - Piano Trio No. 1, op. 49 in D Minor

David Tobin returns to the National Concert Hall after his sold-out recital last year. He will be joined by three of Europe’s leading young musicians from Austria, France and Portugal to present a programme of beautiful music from the romantic era.

David Tobin (24) is quickly developing a reputation as one of Ireland’s rising stars in classical music. He made his debut as a soloist with orchestra when he was only 10 years old and had already performed in the Auditorium of the National Concert Hall by the age of 11.

He has collaborated with many orchestras in Ireland and abroad, including solo performances with the Sinfonieorchester Aachen, where he played “the virtuosic Carmen Fantasy, receiving a rapturous applause,” and the Salut d’Amour which showed “evidence of love for and on the violin “(Aachener Zeitung). He has also performed Bruch Concerto with the Poltava Symphony Orchestra in Ukraine and with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta in Carnegie Hall, where “he played with impeccable intonation and abundant virtuosity”. He became the first prize-winner of the International Shining Stars Debuts competition to be invited back to perform in Carnegie Hall for a second performance, where he “manifested ecstatic Romantic fervor and ravishingly radiant tone” while playing Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher.

He was born into a musical family in Dublin, Ireland, and began playing the violin at the age of 4. He is currently undertaking his Master’s degree in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Cologne, with Prof. Barnabas Kelemen. He recently completed his Bachelor’s degree with Ukrainian professor, Michael Vaiman, a protégé of the great David Oistrakh, receiving the highest mark of 1.0. He had previously studied in Dublin with Maria Kelemen and Ronald Masin, and also in London with the late Lydia Mordkovitch.

David is also the most successful string player in the history of the Feis Ceoil, having won all junior and senior competitions. He has given solo recitals every year in the John Field Room, NCH since the age of 16.
He has performed concertos by Sibelius, Barber, Rutter, Bruch, Vivaldi and Bach with orchestras such as the Dublin Orchestral Players, DIT Symphony Orchestra, Young European Strings Chamber Orchestra, Kourion Orchester Münster, National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

David has had lots of success in international competitions, winning prizes in Romania, Estonia, France and Ukraine. Bursaries won include the RTÉ Lyric FM Award (Feis Ceoil), Gold Award (ABRSM), the Young Musician Award (NCH) and the Alan Gillespie Ulster Bank Award (Clandeboye Festival, N.Ireland), after a “slinkily idiomatic performance of Waxman’s dashing Carmen Fantasy which rightly drew shouts of approval” (Belfast Telegraph).

He also performed the world premiere of the Last Rose of Summer Fantaisie-Variations by William Vincent Wallace for violin and orchestra in the NCH Auditorium with the Orlando Chamber Orchestra, after the parts were reconstructed for him by composer Raymond Deane.

Leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland from 2011-2013, he also has led the YES Chamber Orchestra, the DIT Symphony Orchestra, the Irish National Youth Ballet Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Cologne. David is also leader of the 2nd Violins of the European Union Youth Orchestra and regularly performs with the John Wilson Orchestra in the UK. He will be touring with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra this summer with conductor Daniel Barenboim, soloists Martha Argerich and Anne-Sophie Mutter, and concerts at the BBC Proms, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and Salzburg Festspielhaus.

As a soloist, he is also building a career internationally, having performed in Italy, Spain, Hungary, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Ukraine, the UK and the USA, as well as being an artist in the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Association in Cologne, which organises concerts for him every month. He has appeared as a soloist on both Irish radio and television.

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