Monday 30 October
One of Ireland's most successful musicians, Dubliner Finghin Collins was born in 1977 and studied piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with John O'Conor and the Geneva Conservatoire with Dominique Merlet. Winner of the RTÉ Musician of the Future Competition in 1994 and the Classical Category at the National Entertainment Awards in Ireland in 1998, Finghin went on to achieve major international success by taking first prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland in 1999. Since then he has developed a flourishing international career that takes him all over Europe, the United States and the Far East.
In 2016 Finghin made his debuts in Turkey, China and Australia as well as performing throughout Europe. In March 2017, he performs a recital as part of the National Concert Hall's International Concert Series to mark his 40th birthday. Other engagements include performances in Jersey, Switzerland, France, Ireland and the USA, where he will make his debut at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in August 2017, performing with counter-tenor David Daniels.
Finghin Collins is very active as a programmer, commissioner and concert presenter in Ireland, having been Artistic Director of the New Ross Piano Festival since its inception in 2006, and Artistic Director of Music for Galway since 2013. In addition, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Dublin International Piano Competition (2006–2015), a member of the Board of Directors of the National Concert Hall (2001–2006), Musician-in-Residence in South Dublin County Council (2005–2008) and Artist-in-Residence in Waterford Institute of Technology (2005–2009).
Berg – Sonata Op. 1
Janáček – Sonata I.X.1905 ‘From the Street’
Wagner arr. Liszt – ‘Isoldens Liebestod’ from Tristan und Isolde
Verdi arr. Liszt – Rigoletto Paraphrase
Chopin – Prelude Op. 45
Chopin – Four Mazurkas Op. 17
Chopin – Two Nocturnes Op. 48
Chopin – Ballade No. 4 in A flat major Op. 52
Tickets €25 – €30
Kindly supported by Beverly Sperry