FOR YOUR DIARY!
The Festival is always the last complete weekend in September. This year’s dates are rather earlier than usual so do mark the date now.
September 20th to 24th, 2017.
In 2018 the last weekend will be almost a week later…
The 2017 Artists
The programme is fixed and the artists engaged.. …… The brochures are printed……There’s a lot happening in September…….
This year we have a distinctly Hungarian flavour. Two of our guest pianists, Zoltan Fejérvári and Klára Würst are Hungarians, he making his Irish debut and she having been a prize-winner at the first Dublin International Piano Competition. Two of the brilliant chamber music performers are Hungarians – István Várdai on cello and Kristóf Bárati on violin – and we have a Hungarian musicologist, Endre Toth, who will be enlightening us on the famed Hungarian school of piano-playing before each of the coffee concerts. Together with Finghin Collins these musicians will play at the three main concerts, while the astonishing Russian, Elizaveta Ukrainskaia, will give a solo recital on Sunday at noon and David Greilsammer will bring his imaginative linking of old and new works to his late night recital, Labyrinth, on Saturday. Another exciting event this year will be the fortepiano concert on Saturday. Kristian Bezuidenhout, the much admired exponent on this instrument, will perform on a specially imported fortepiano in a solo recital at 12 noon.
This year we have introduced a Jazz Piano day, Wednesday the 20th, to start the festival, curated by Phil Ware. He is bringing in one of Europe’s most entertaining and well-known pianists, the Italian Enrico Pieranunzi. Phil and his double bass player, Damian Evans, will also be playing a lunch time concert that day in the church. In the early evening Phil and Enrico will have a conversation about their jazz piano experiences, free to the public.
Also free will be the new Friday noon concert with Sean Morgan Rooney, winner of the Brennan Prize at the last Dublin International Piano Competition. This is specially aimed at music students but all are welcome.
This year will be the first time that we have allocated seating. Members of our Friends scheme will have priority booking and it will open to the general public on July 3rd. You can download the programme on this page, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want a hard copy and can’t find it in your local music shop.
It’s going to be a very busy festival !
“…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, Sunwook Kim, Joseph Moog, Lilya Zilberstein, Kathryn Stott, and Cedric Pescia are amongst the 49 international stars audiences have had the pleasure of listening to over the past eleven years.