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NCH International Master Course

Tuesday 6th - 
Sunday 11th August 2019

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The inaugural NCH International Master Course for advanced piano and string musicians, led by Artistic Directors Finghin Collins (piano) and Gwendolyn Masin (violin), will run from Tuesday 6th to Sunday 11th of August 2019.

Irish and international participants will have the opportunity to enjoy solo and chamber music coaching at the highest level from a faculty of acclaimed professional musicians;  Finghin Collins (piano), Gwendolyn Masin (violin) together with Kirill Troussov (violin), Maxim Rysanov (viola) and Miklós Perényi (cello).
The wealth of their combined experience is outstanding, providing a unique and rare opportunity for young musicians.

Unfortunately, Miklós Perényi has withdrawn from this course due to health reasons, he will be replaced by Louise Hopkins.

Dates: Tuesday 6th - Sunday 11th August 2019
Instruments: piano, violin, viola, cello
Fees: €600, accommodation not included
Deadline: 5pm, 11th April 2019

Students will receive at least five coaching sessions with the faculty and will also enjoy performance opportunities as there will be two public concerts; one for students and a mixed concert comprising both participants and faculty.

Threescholarships will be available to selected participants, including one Irish participant.
These are;

  • The Patricia Sheridan Bursary (€1,000)
  • The T J O’Connor Bursary (€600)
  • The YES Bursary (€600)

Two students – one violinist and one violist -  will be selected by the artistic directors during the course to receive a bow made by Ivano Conti, the revered Swiss-Italian instrument maker.

Terms and Conditions:

  • The deadline for applications is 5pm on 11th April 2019. This is the date by which all applications must be received.

  • A maximum of 32 participants will be accepted, approximately 6 pianists, 12 violinists, 7 violists and 7 cellists. Pre-formed ensembles are also welcome.

  • The fee for the NCH International Master Course is €600 (payale before June 21st 2019).

  • Successful applicants will be notified by 30th April 2019.

  • Applicants should be performing at Bachelor of Music level or higher. A select number of younger, gifted students may also be accepted.

Finghin Collins, piano Artistic Director

One of Ireland's most successful musicians, Finghin Collins, studied piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with John O'Conor and at the Geneva Conservatoire with Dominique Merlet. Winner of the RTÉ Musician of the Future Competition in 1994 and the Classical Category at the National Entertainment Awards in Ireland in 1998, he went on to take first prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland in 1999. Since then he has enjoyed a flourishing international career. In October 2017, the National University of Ireland conferred on him an honorary Degree of Doctor of Music. 

In 2016 Finghin made his debuts in Turkey, China and Australia as well as performing throughout Europe. Career highlights included his debuts at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Zermatt Festival and return engagements with the RPO and in China.  In 2018 Finghin participated in the Jury of the Dublin International Piano Competition.

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. 

Finghin Collins
Gwendolyn Masin

Gwendolyn Masin, violin Artistic Director

Gwendolyn Masin is regarded as, “a formidable talent that demands attention” The Irish Times. At eleven she gained national exposure in Ireland after appearing on The Late Late Show. She performs to critical acclaim in Asia and throughout Europe, Russia, South Africa, the Middle East, and North America as a soloist with renowned orchestras and as a chamber musician. Masin also writes, collaborates with composers and is greatly involved in curation. 

Most prominent is her role as Artistic Director of GAIA, an annual festival held in Switzerland, recognized as one of the country’s most important.  She is Professor of Violin Studies at the Haute École de Musique de Genève. Masin’s ability to play the violin is not simply inherited, but founded in her voracious curiosity to understand human nature, musical expression, and the connection to said expression. She explains, “I feel that the experience of live music is everything. To me, it’s the ultimate form of communication. A word is not a sentence, but a note can be an entire story.”

Kirill Troussov, violin

Kirill Troussov is a passionate and committed chamber musician who performs frequently with artists like Sol Gabetta, Yuja Wang, Julian Rachlin, Daniel Hope, Joshua Bell, Gautier und Renaud Capuçon, Natalia Gutman, Christian Zacharias, Yuri Bashmet, Mischa Maisky and Elisabeth Leonskaja.

Highlights of his past concert seasons include - substitution for Gidon Kremer in Paris, Asia Tour with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, his spectacular performance at the BBC Proms and his activity as jury member at international competitions, a.a “Schoenfeld International String Competition” in China.

2018 Kirill Troussov gives master classes at Mozarteum Salzburg, European Music Intstitute Vienna, in Hong Kong, in St. Blasien, Berlin, Cremona and Madrid.
He has been awarded the European cultural award “Pro-Europa”, the Yamaha Prize, the Davidoff-Prize of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and numerous prizes at international competitions.

Kirill Troussov plays the Antonio Stradivari violin “Brodsky” of 1702, which was played by the violinist Adolph Brodsky to perform the world premiere of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto on December 4th 1881.

Kirill Troussov
Maxim Rysanov

Maxim Rysanov, viola

Award-winning Ukrainian-British violist and conductor Maxim Rysanov has established himself as one of the world’s most vibrant and charismatic musicians. As a violist, he is known as a guest of the crème of the international music scene, including BBC Last Night of the Proms and the festivals of Edinburgh, Salzburg and Verbier.  Having performed as a soloist with world-class orchestras across the globe, his parallel career as a conductor now carries equal weight.  

He is also a keen chamber musician, and his chamber partners include Maxim Vengerov, Janine Jansen, Mischa Maisky, Gidon Kremer, Nicola Benedetti, Vadim Repin, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Sol Gabetta, Leif Ove Andsnes and Alessio Bax. A passionate educator, he is regularly invited to give masterclasses, including those which form part of his Artist in Residence position at the Royal College of Music.

Louise Hopkins, cello

Louise Hopkins has an international career that has seen her frequently participate in major festivals in the UK and abroad including Aldeburgh, Dijon, the Belgrade Cello Festival, Amsterdam Cello Biennale, the Irish Chamber Orchestra's summer festival, Trondheim International Chamber Music Festival, the Australian Chamber Music Festival, Andras Kellers’s Liszt Academy Mozart Festival, and Kurtags’s 90th birthday Festival. Louise has attended Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove for over 20 years and, as a chamber musician, has performed in venues from the Wigmore Hall to the Sydney Opera House.

Louise has broadcast frequently on the BBC, RTE, WFMT, Swiss Romande, ABC, New Zealand Radio and Radio France. She has recorded sonatas by Schnittke, Carter and Rachmaninoff with Aleksandar Madžar. She has worked frequently with Thomas Adès and recorded his piano quartet ‘Catch’ with him at the piano for EMI. Other artists she has collaborated with include András Keller, Anthony Marwood, Alexander Janiczek, Ferenc Rados, Dénes Várjon, Kathryn Stott, Alexander Melnikov, Tamara Stefanovich, François Leleux, Julius Drake, Charles Owen and Emmanuel Pahud.

Louise taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School until 2006 and, in September 2007, she began as a Cello Professor at the Hochschule in Bern a relationship that continued until 2014. At the age of 25 Louise was one of the youngest ever professors to be appointed to the Guildhall School and was appointed Head of Strings at GSMD in 2011. 

Louise Hopkins