Hungarian cellist Istan Vardai to perform with the ICO

Hungarian cellist Istvan Vardai, playing with the ICO next week
GIFTED Hungarian cellist Istvan Vardai is to perform with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in Limerick’s Univesity Concert Hall.

GIFTED Hungarian cellist Istvan Vardai is to perform with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in Limerick’s Univesity Concert Hall.

Vardai, described as Hungary’s ‘hottest young cellist’, will perform Schumann’s much loved Cello Concerto in A Minor as the ICO starts off its new season - which will include international touring - with a flourish.

Schumann’s unique extended fantasy for cello and orchestra is held as “one of the great poetic utterances of the romantic concerto repertoire” and the award winning cellist - whose playing has been described by the New York Times as “commendable for its fluidity and virtuosity, distinguished by both a fleet-fingered lightness and a rich timbre” - should more than do it justice.

A varied line-up will also see the ICO - under the direction of ICO leader, Katherine Hunka - perform Shostakovich’s enthralling Scherzo and Prelude for String Octet Op. 11 and the Chamber Symphony Op. 110a at the Limerick concert, plus shows in Dublin and Sligo.

Key to the programme for the UCH is the premiere of the ICO commissioned Cork-born composer Sam Perkin’s Nimbus for String Orchestra, was funded by the Arts Council.

“Very occasionally, you cross paths with someone and you feel a strong presence. Some things can never be told through words. That is why there is music,” says Perkin, who is currently pursuing post-graduate studies at the Conservatoire in Lyon one of the most prestigious music colleges in the world.

The concert takes place in the UCH on Thursday, February 5. See www.uch.ie for more details and to buy tickets.