Finghin Collins to guest with Irish Chamber Orchestra

Top Irish pianist Finghin Collins, to perform with the ICO at its October concerts
LEADING Irish pianist Finghin Collins will be the guest soloist at the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s October concert series.

LEADING Irish pianist Finghin Collins will be the guest soloist at the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s October concert series.

The Dublin born pianist, who has performed with some of the world’s leading orchestras, will guest with the ICO in the University Concert Hall on October 9, for a programme encompassing Haydn, Mozart and Stravinksy.

Mr Collins, who studied with John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and with Dominique Merlet at the Geneva Conservatoire, will help the ICO “explore revolutionary moments in music” in its latest concert series, also taking in shows at the RDS Concert Hall and Galway’s Black Box Theatre.

The programme includes Haydn’s D Major Piano Concerto, a witty and dramatic piece with unpredictable twists and turns that the pianist will revel in, with Collins also set to perform Stravinsky’s short Septet together with the ICO musicians, one that is full of lively, rhythmic patterns and acerbic harmonies typical of its composer.

The ICO musicians will also perform another masterwork by Stravinksy, the eerie and mysterious Concerto in D for Strings, with programme book-ended by two exquisite symphonies by Mozart - Symphony in D major, K 196/121 and Symphony No. 29.

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