Saturday 8th February 2020
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. His international career was launched by winning first prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland in 1999. He has performed in recital and with major orchestras throughout Europe and the United States, as well in the Far East and Australia. In October 2017, the National University of Ireland conferred on him an honorary Degree of Doctor of Music.
In 2017 he celebrated his 40th birthday with a solo recital at the National Concert Hall in Dublin as part of the Hall’s International Concert Season; other highlights included his debuts at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Zermatt Festival and return engagements with the RPO and in China. In 2018 Collins made two appearances at the Wigmore Hall in London, participated in the Jury of the Dublin International Piano Competition, and performed in Ireland, the UK, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Cuba and Greece. In 2019 Finghin performs in the UK, Denmark, the USA, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Turkey and undertakes an extensive Irish recital tour marking 20 years since his Clara Haskil Prize. 2020 will see many Beethoven performances to mark the composer’s 250th anniversary, and also the inaugural edition of Music for Galway’s new festival Cellissimo as part of Galway 2020.
Over the past decade Collins has developed a close relationship with Claves Records in Switzerland, recording many award-winning CDs of music by Schumann and Stanford. A Chopin recital CD was released in September 2017, a co-production between RTÉ lyric fm and Claves Records. A new recording of Mozart’s piano quartets will be released by Claves Records in late 2019.
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. He ia also co-Artistic Director and founder of the International Master Course at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
Op. 10 no. 1 in C minor,
Op. 57 in F minor “Appassionata”
Op. 90 in E minor,
Op. 111 in C minor
Details for upcoming concerts and to book tickets will be listed here once we are able to confirm that concerts can proceed.
As you will be aware, the Covid 19 virus has placed severe restrictions on events and indoor gatherings. We have therefore had to cancel our planned October concert although we have agreed to honour our commitment to the performers and will pay their fees. We hope they will be able to perform for us again in the near future.
Patron: Valerie Pakenham
Chaired by: Jane Massy
Treasurer: Margaret Sorohan
Alex Chisholm, John Fairleigh, Joan Flood, Dawn Harmon, Michael McCann, Hugh Logan, Bridget Taylor, Octavia Tulloch, Susan Wiggins