PATRON – MICHAEL D HIGGINS, PRESIDENT OF IRELAND
The New Ross Piano Festival came into being in 2006 with the first festival taking place in September of that year. Since then the piano festival has consistently taken place on the last weekend of September. The festival came about due to a serendipitous collaboration between the local voluntary music organisation, Music for New Ross, and the internationally acclaimed concert pianist Finghin Collins, who at that time had just moved into the local area.
The Festival began modestly enough, focussing on Irish and Irish-based performers in its first year, but soon took on an international dimension, and over the intervening years has welcomed pianists from Japan, Korea, China, the USA and many European countries. Each year there is an element of chamber music – sometimes a string quartet, sometimes a string trio, and once we even had an orchestra! The festival has been reviewed in many international publications including Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, Pianiste (France) and PIANONews (Germany).
NEW ROSS PIANO FESTIVAL COMMITTEE
Artistic Director: Finghin Collins .
John Kissane, Connie Tantrum, Margaret Rossiter, Kay Dolan, Ann Sutton, Jenny Nuttall, Brian Nuttall, Olive Thorpe, Adrian Dillon, Thomas Joyce.
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