NEWS-FLASH! Finghin Collins will be giving a recital at the Wexford Opera Festival. It is in the National Opera House, Wexford, at 11 am on Monday October 30th.
FOR YOUR DIARY!
The Piano Festival is always the last complete weekend in September.
In 2018 the last weekend will be almost a week later than this 2017 year….So remember September 26th – 30th in 2018
The 2017 Artists
This year the Piano Festival introduced pre-booking for allocated seating. Its an experiment, but one we felt we had to try because of queues at the door. Its on-line at www.stmichaelsnewross.com. Or phone 00353 51 421255. Do take advantage of it……..There is important information about the season tickets at the bottom of this page.
Its over for this year…….
Although the programme contained a wide variety of composers, there was a Hungarian flavour to this year’s festival. Two of our guest pianists, Zoltan Fejérvári and Klára Würtz were Hungarians. He was making his Irish debut and she was a prize-winner at the first Dublin International Piano Competition. Two of the brilliant chamber music performers were Hungarians – István Várdai on cello and Kristóf Bárati on violin – and we had a Hungarian musicologist, Endre Toth, who enlightened us on the famed Hungarian school of piano-playing before each of the coffee concerts and talked about Kodaly at the student session. Together with Finghin Collins these musicians played at the three main concerts.
Another exciting “not to be missed” event this year was the fortepiano concert on Saturday. Kristian Bezuidenhout, the much admired exponent on this instrument, performed on a specially imported fortepiano in a solo recital at 12 noon. David Greilsammer was taken ill and unfortunately was unable to perform his programme called Labyrinth on Saturday evening. To everyone’s delight, Finghin Collins agreed to give a short recital of Chopin Nocturnes, which are featured in his new CD of Chopin’s music. The astonishing young Russian, Elizaveta Ukrainskaia, gave a solo recital on Sunday at noon. She has just won first prize at the Bremen Piano Competition, and the New Ross Piano Festiva was pleased to enable her Irish debut.
There was a new and free Friday noon concert with Sean Morgan- Rooney, winner of the Brennan Prize at the last Dublin International Piano Competition. This was specially aimed at music students but it was open to the public to join them at 12 noon. Sean’s programme featured a variety of short pieces, familiar and not….
Lastly but not least, we introduced a Jazz Piano Day, Wednesday the 20th, to start the festival, curated by Phil Ware. He brought to us one of Europe’s most entertaining and well-known jazz pianists, the Italian Enrico Pieranunzi. Phil and his double bass player, Damian Evans, also played a very well received lunch time concert that day in the church. In the early evening, at 7 pm, Phil and Enrico had an entertaining pre-concert conversation about their jazz piano experiences prior to Enrico’s concert at 8 pm.
Continuing the jazz piano strand, Myles Drennan played two sessions, each an hour long, one in the New Ross Library at 11am and one in the Dunbrody Visitor Centre at 3.30. Both of these were free events. These PLAY ME pianos were placed in those venues for a week for anyone to play when they felt like it. One was also placed in the Lake Region Medical premises.
Two things to note when booking:
1. The SEASON TICKET does not include the Jazz Day concerts. This is to allow you to choose whether you want to join in what we hope will be a good cross-over audience. So they must be booked separately.
2. When you start to book a SEASON TICKET online, the first date you see will be Thursday. Fear not – click on, and you will find that you have the ticket for all the remaining concerts also. If in doubt you can phone the theatre Monday to Friday at 051 421255.
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“…a little gem…”, “…innovative planning…”, “…atmospheric charm…”, “attractive acoustic…” Some of reviewers’ comments about the festival
And then there are the pianists – Cristina Ortiz, Freddy Kempf, Melvyn Tan, Norika Ogawa, Lisa de la Salle, Nicholas Angelich, Sunwook Kim, Joseph Moog, Lilya Zilberstein, Kathryn Stott, and Cedric Pescia are amongst the 56 international star pianists that audiences have had the pleasure of listening to over the past twelve years.