New Ross Piano Festival
September 25th - 28th, 2014
The eighth New Ross Piano Festival is now passed. The festival takes place in this friendly small town in South East Ireland, where some of the world’s famous pianists have now played to great acclaim. It is easily accessible by plane into Waterford, Dublin or Cork, and by ship into Rosslare, and attracts an enthusiastic audience of music-lovers.
The 2014 Festival is taking shape. Each year a certain flavour starts to emerge. Last year it was the Russians. The year before was the year the RTE Concert Orchestra were our guests and we had piano concertos…. One year it was Mozart. Another year we explored the two piano repertoire. This year we have three amazing young women pianists - more of whom we will be writing about in the near future.
We also have the equally amazing Melvyn Tan. He was born in Singapore, but left for London to study in the seventies, and has lived there since that time. Tan has built a formidable international reputation as a versatile keyboard player who has earned worldwide acclaim as a leading exponent of the fortepiano and the broader early music movement, though nowadays he has returned to the modern piano for much of his repertoire, due to his love of the French masters Ravel and Debussy. He has played at many leading concert halls around the world including London’s Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall, New York’s Lincoln Centre, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and festivals such as Salzburg and Edinburgh.
Finghin Collins, our Artistic Director, is discussing an exciting programme with all of them, and news of this will go up on this site shortly.
Reviews of past festivals are available in our Review Section
Jeremy Hill, writing about the festival, opined that "this piano festival now ranks in quality and imaginative organisation and programming with any other event of its like around the world. Its uniquely personal atmosphere is engendered by the superb location and acoustic quality of St. Mary’s Church. A dedicated volunteer and amateur committee deserves the sweetest smelling bouquet of bright and colourful flowers for they present an unequalled opportunity for music lovers to engage with the genius of world class piano playing."
Reviews of the 2013 Festival have recently been published in the German music magazine Piano News, and the French magazine Pianiste. Reviews were also written in the UK music magazines Gramophone, International Piano and Classical Music.
Read them all in our Reviews Section, including BBC Music Magazine, where Daniel Jaffe gives a very accurate account of the feel of the festival and the area.