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tel. +353 (0)28 33752 / +353 (0)86 226 4797 Jacqueline Weij
St. Barrahane's Church Castletownshend,
(8 km from Skibbereen)
Co. Cork, P81 AH51
SUNDAY 29 JULY, 8 PM
IN ABBEYSTREWRY CHURCH, SKIBBEREEN
Tickets €25, ONLINE, from Thornhill Electrical, Skibbereen, at the door, or call 086 226 4797
JOHN FINUCANE - CLARINET
FINGHIN COLLINS - PIANO
Join two of Ireland’s favourite musicians, clarinettist John Finucane and pianist Finghin Collins, as they explore some of Brahms’ most beautiful music for clarinet/piano and solo piano, together with lighter pieces by Sir Malcolm Arnold and Leonard Bernstein, celebrating 100 years this year.
Malcolm Arnold Sonatina (clarinet/piano)
Brahms Two Rhapsodies Op. 79 (piano solo)
Brahms Sonata in F minor Op. 120 no. 1 (clarinet/piano)
Brahms Six Pieces for Piano Op. 118
Bernstein Sonata (clarinet/piano)
FINGHIN COLLINS – PIANO
One of Ireland's most successful musicians, 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. He took first prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland in 1999. Since then he has enjoyed a flourishing international career that takes him all over Europe and the United States, as well to the Far East and Australia. From 2010 to to 2013, Finghin was Associate Artist of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, performing the complete piano concertos of Mozart and Beethoven as well as conducting the orchestra, commissioning new work and performing chamber music with members of the orchestra.
In 2018 Finghin will make two appearances at the Wigmore Hall in London, participate in the Jury of the Dublin International Piano Competition and perform in Ireland, the UK, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece and Cuba.
Over the past two decades Collins has developed a close relationship with Claves Records in Switzerland. A new Chopin recital CD was released in September 2017, a co-production between RTÉ lyric fm and Claves Records.
Finghin Collins has been Artistic Director of Music for Galway since 2013 and is also the founding Artistic Director of the New Ross Piano Festival.
In October 2017, the National University of Ireland conferred on him an honorary Degree of Doctor of Music.
CLARINETTIST JOHN FINUCANE,
who has been Principal Clarinet with Ireland's RTE National Symphony Orchestra since 1995, has also had an active career as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor in Ireland and abroad. Described by Gramophone magazine as 'an outstanding virtuoso', on the release of his CD “Clarinet Variations,” he has worked with the Ulysses Ensemble, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Opera North and Irish Film Orchestras. He has appeared regularly on radio and on television programmes, including RTE's The Symphony Sessions and Britain's The South Bank Show. He has a particular affinity with chamber music and has worked with many groups, including the Ysaye, the Navarra, the Con Tempo and the Vanbrugh Quartets.
John Finucane is also a conductor of note, having studied with Janus Furst and Albert Rosen amongst others, and has regularly conducted the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra. He was one of the founders of the Dublin Chamber Orchestra and has been the Musical Director of the Hibernian Orchestra for nearly thirty years. Despite his hugely busy life as a performing artist and conductor, John has found the time to join the faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. His many tours have included China, as a soloist as well as with the National Chamber Ensemble of Ireland and Academy Chamber Ensemble performing to sell-out audiences.
He launched a chamber music festival, Music In Monkstown, of which he is music director, and which celebrates its fifth year this September in the picturesque village of Monkstown, Co. Dublin.
His CD, “French Holiday”, recorded in the Gewandhaus, Leipzig, was released last year on the Genuin label and was followed by a recording in January, in the same hall, of music from Ireland, released this month and already reviewed by MusicWebInternational: “…heartbreakingly beautiful…The playing is superb”.
He recorded a further CD last August for the German label Dabringhaus of the three sonatas for clarinet and piano by Grigori Frid. This is the premiere recording of these recently discovered works by the great Russian composer, and is now available.