Finghin Collins to Open 10th New Ross Piano Festival with 3 Concertos
Finghin Collins will open the 10th New Ross Piano Festival next Friday 25 September with a concert in which he conducts three piano concertos and performs in one.
Performing with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Collins will play and conduct Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3, followed by French pianist Cédric Tiberghien performing Mendelssohn’s No. 1 and Kiev-born Alexei Grynyuk playing Scriabin’s Concerto in F sharp minor, both conducted by Collins. The concert will take place in St Mary’s and St Michael’s Church in New Ross, Co. Wexford.
Tiberghien and Grynyuk are among a range of international artists performing at the festival, which takes place from 24 to 27 September. Artistic Director Collins has also invited Olga Scheps from Russia and Daria van den Bercken from Amsterdam who will both make their Irish debuts. Scheps’ programme will include a range of works by Chopin, while van den Bercken’s programme includes Handel’s Suite in D minor, HWV 428, and his Chaconne in G major, HWV 435.
Other highlights include a performance of Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht by the Fidelio Trio (Darragh Morgan, Adi Tal and Mary Dullea), a piano masterclass with Tiberghien, and a piano duet by Collins and Tiberghien (Brahms’ Hungarian Dances). The masterclass is free.
In addition, Scheps, van den Bercken, Grynyuk, Tiberghien and Collins will give the world premiere of five new works by Irish composers.
The works, titled Ros Tapestry Suite VI–X and composed by Eric Sweeney, Andrew Hamilton, Linda Buckley, Deirdre Gribbin and Sam Perkin, were commissioned by the festival and are inspired by the tapestry of the same name, which recounts the twelfth-century Norman invasion of Wexford in 15 panels. The first five panels were brought to musical life by composers Sebastian Adams, Elaine Agnew, Gerald Barry, John Kinsella and Gerry Murphy last year.
During the weekend, jazz piano sessions will also take place, given by pianists Jim Doherty and Colm O’Brien.
Tickets range from €5 to €25. For full details, see below or visit www.newrosspianofestival.com
10th New Ross Piano Festival
New Ross, Co. Wexford
THURSDAY 24th SEPTEMBER
7.30pm SOUTH EAST YOUNG PIANISTS CONCERT
20 young piano students play the grand piano.
FRIDAY 25th SEPTEMBER
8pm GALA OPENING EVENING CONCERT
RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Scriabin Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20
NB This concert takes place in St Mary’s and St Michael’s Parish Church
SATURDAY 26th SEPTEMBER
12pm COFFEE CONCERT
Eric Sweeney – Ros Tapestry Suite VI: Evening: the lighthouse at Hook Head
Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1
Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27, No. 2
Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Masterclass with Cédric Tiberghien and emerging pianists
NB This event is free of charge and takes place in the Pastoral Centre.
7.30pm MAIN EVENING CONCERT
Berg Sonata Op. 1
Linda Buckley Ros Tapestry Suite VII: William Marshal: the Flower of Chivalry
Mozart Sonata in C minor, K. 457
Sam Perkin Ros Tapestry Suite VIII: The Marriage of William Marshal and Isabel de Clare
Schumann Fantasiestücke Op. 111
Prokofiev Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84
10pm LATE NIGHT CONCERT
Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht, arr. Eduard Steuermann
SUNDAY 27th SEPTEMBER
12pm COFFEE CONCERT
DARIA VAN DEN BERCKEN
Deirdre Gribbin Ros Tapestry Suite IX: Ex Voto Tintern Abbey: William Marshal’s stormy crossing
Handel Suite in D minor, HWV 428
Mozart Fantasie in C minor, K. 396
Sonata in A major, K. 331
Handel Chaconne in G major, HWV 435
3.30pm CLOSING AFTERNOON CONCERT
Beethoven Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1 “Ghost”
Andrew Hamilton Ros Tapestry Suite X: Hunt in the Forest of Ros
Stravinsky Trois mouvements de Petrouchka
FINGHIN COLLINS and CÉDRIC TIBERGHIEN
Brahms 21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1
For more details, visit http://www.newrosspianofestival.com/
Published on 17 September 2015