Anne-Marie McDermott and Alexandra Dariescu make Irish debut at New Ross Piano Festival

Anne-Marie McDermott

Anne-Marie McDermott and Alexandra Dariescu make Irish debut at New Ross Piano Festival

September festival includes a jazz day, masterclasses for young players, and a newly commissioned work by John Buckley.

New Ross Piano Festival has announced its programme for 2018. The festival, now in its 13th year, will take place on 26–30 September with all concerts taking place in St Mary’s Church in New Ross, Co. Wexford. 

Eleven performers will appear in the festival, including the Irish debut of the Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu, and the American pianist of Irish extraction Anne-Marie McDermott, who will also hold a piano masterclass with young pianists.

Artistic Director Finghin Collins will perform three times during the festival, including the world premiere of the specially commissioned John Buckley’s Three Preludes for piano (29 September). Collins, Dariescu and McDermott will also be joined during the festival evening concerts by violinist Svetlin Roussev and cellist Marc Coppey for performances of trios by Schubert, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn.

The festival will open with a concert for young pianists on 26 September, followed by a Jazz Day on 27 September, with a lunchtime concert by The Phil Ware Trio and an improvised evening concert with pianist and composer Lars Jansson. 

Noon coffee concerts will be given by Billy O’Brien performing Chopin, Debussy and Scriabin (28 September); François Dumont with a programme of Bach, Liszt and Debussy (29 September); and Marcos Madrigal performing Scriabin, Séverac, Poulenc and Latin American music (30 September). David Greilsammer will give a late-night concert titled ‘Labyrinth’ on 29 September, with music by C.P.E. Bach, Janáček and Ofer Pelz. 

For the full programme, see below. Festival passes cost €135 (5 days) or €115 (4 days). Passes and individual concert tickets are available from

Published on 23 August 2018


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