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Bach English Suite No 3 in G minor
Schubert Wanderer Fantasie Op. 15
Elaine Agnew The Abduction of Dervorgilla (Ros Tapestry Suite)
Debussy Soirées dans Grenade
Liszt Harmonies du Soir
Schumann In der Nacht
Chopin Nocturne Op. 15 No. 2
Chopin Scherzo No. 2 Op. 31
After months of inactivity, pianist Finghin Collins takes to the road again this winter, embarking on an extensive national recital tour which he has named after one of the major pieces in the programme – Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy. This is Schubert’s most demanding work for piano solo, which Schubert named after one of his own songs “Der Wanderer” – music from the song appears in each of the linked movements of the piece. The second half of the programme presents a diverse range of works inspired by the evening and night as well as Elaine Agnew’s contribution to the Ros Tapestry Suite, commissioned by the New Ross Piano Festival in 2014.
Of Finghin Collins as soloist, little needs to be said that has not been said before: he is exceptionally fluent, exceptionally intelligent, exceptionally sensitive, responding to every possible nuance that Stanford prescribes.” International Record Review
FINGHIN COLLINS: PIANO
One of Ireland’s most celebrated musicians and significant musical ambassadors, Finghin Collins was born in Dublin in 1977 and, following initial lessons with his sister Mary, studied piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with John O’Conor and at the Geneva Conservatoire with Dominique Merlet. His international career was launched by winning first prize at the Clara Haskil Competition in Switzerland in 1999. He has performed in recital and with major orchestras throughout Europe and the United States, as well as in the Far East and Australia.
Engagements in 2020 included solo, chamber and concerto performances of Beethoven across Europe to mark the composer’s 250thanniversary, as well as his début with the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow, although most of these engagements had to be cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. When online activities resumed in Autumn 2020, Collins performed throughout Ireland, in Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, Dublin, Drogheda, Belfast, Wexford Festival Opera, Killaloe Music Festival and Cork, as well as play-directing concertos by Haydn and Mozart with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.
Since live concerts recommenced during the summer of 2021, Collins has performed at the Wigmore Hall in London and at other venues in the UK and Switzerland; he was also a member of the jury of the Clara Haskil Competition. This Autumn he will perform at Music in Monkstown Festival, Galway International Arts Festival, Music for Galway’s 40thSeason Gala Concert, the New Ross Piano Festival and the London Piano Festival before embarking on a 17-concert solo recital tour of Ireland. The 2021/22 season also includes engagements in France, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and more.
Finghin Collins makes a significant contribution to the musical landscape of his native Ireland, where he resides. Since 2013, he has been Artistic Director of Music for Galway, which was tasked with presenting the major classical programme of Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture. The centrepiece of that programme, the cello festival Cellissimo, was delivered successfully online in March 2021. He is also the founding Artistic Director of the New Ross Piano Festival as well as the founding co-Artistic Director of the International Master Course at the National Concert Hall.
In October 2017, the National University of Ireland conferred on him an honorary Degree of Doctor of Music.