National Concert Hall Presents

Chamber Series: Shared Dreams

Sunday 20th March, 2022
Sunday 3rd April, 2022
Friday 27th May, 2022

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Sunday 20th March 3pm

Fiachra Garvey& Soo-Jung Ann
Fantasy and Dreams

Fiachra Garvey / Soo-Jung Ann, piano 4 hands

C. Debussy: Petite Suite L 65
A. Beach: Summer Dreams op 47
M. Bonis: Suite en forme de valses
F. Schubert: Fantasia in f minor D 940

Pianist Fiachra Garvey leads a series of chamber music concerts drawing on music of dreams and dreaming.

Debussy’s Petite Suite is one of the composers’ most popular and frequently played works, completed at the end of his student life as he embarked on his career. Beach’s Summer Dreams are jewels in the 4 hands repertoire with incredible variety and contrast in emotion and character. Bonis’ Suite induces an oriental flavour, nonchalant and cheerful. Schubert’s Fantasy is arguably the pinnacle of the 4 hands repertoire, a masterwork and one of the composer’s finest offerings.

1st prizewinner at the 2012 Jaques Samuel Competition, London, Fiachra Garvey, ARAM, has performed in venues from the Fazioli Auditorium in Italy to London’s Wigmore Hall. The National Concert Hall Dublin awarded Fiachra the “Rising Star” prize in 2011, which subsequently led to a series of concerto and solo debuts.

Recent highlights include the first classical recital at Google Dublin, a series of solo and two piano recitals in Japan, a tour of China including giving masterclasses at the Beijing Conservatory of Music, as well as appearances at Spoleto Festival Italy, Wexford Opera, Brighton Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bridgewater Hall Manchester and The Geneva Festival, Switzerland. Fiachra’s debut CD “For the Piano”, under the Lyric FM label “brings a deep and infectious enthusiasm, combined with insight and technical comfort.” (Sunday times). His second CD is a live performance from Wigmore Hall.

Praised by the German music critic Marie-Louise Funk as “an inspiration beyond excellence, beyond time and space” (Die Rheinpfalz), Soo-Jung Ann has been crossing, expanding and recreating the boundaries of music. A multi-award winning South Korean pianist based in Europe, she has since been a leading force of 21st century classical music internationally, performing widely across Germany, Italy, Austria, France and Ireland and with major orchestras.

Since winning first prize at the Beethoven Competition in Bonn, Ann has been acclaimed as the next Beethoven specialist following the legendary pianist Prof. John O’Conor. Her ability to transport the audience into an emotionally engaging world of music, one that transcends borders of all kind.


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Sunday 3rd April 3pm

Fiachra Garvey Piano and Quartet
Franco Belgian Flair

Fiachra Garvey piano with
Gina Maria McGuinness, violin
Patrick Rafter, violin
Rosalind Ventris, viola
Sayaka Selina, cello

L. Farrenc: Piano Quintet in c minor op 40
C. Franck: Piano Quintet in f minor op 34

Irish violinist and musician, Gina Maria McGuinness’ natural talent was discovered at a young age. Over countless years of leading the Young European Strings Chamber Orchestra and regular participation in the West Cork Chamber music festival, Gina developed her never ending love of chamber music. Gina is frequently invited to join as guest co-principal player of the Brussels Philharmonic, and is a proud member of the European Philharmonic of Switzerland (EPOS), City Light Symphony Orchestra, and the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland.

Regarded as one of Ireland’s most outstanding musicians, international award winning violinist and conductor Patrick Rafter has toured Europe, the Middle East, South America and Asia as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. In 2020, he became artistic director of Carlow Voices and in 2021, and was awarded the conducting fellow at U.C.D. Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Choir. He has performed as soloist with a host of the world’s leading orchestras and ensembles including Prague Philharmonia, Mannheim Soloists, RTE Symphony Orchestra, Kiev Soloists and Camerata Ireland.

Rosalind Ventris is a leading advocate of the viola and performs as a soloist and chamber musician internationally. As a soloist, she has appeared at the Bozar, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Slovak Philharmonic and the Concertgebouw, and has performed concertos with orchestras such as l’Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie and the Belgian National Orchestra.

Since her solo debut at the Tonhalle Zurich with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra at the age of 15, Sayaka Selina is considered one of the most exciting young artists to emerge from Switzerland. Sayaka is a frequent soloist with orchestras in Switzerland, such as the Zurich- and Basel Chamber Orchestras, the Zurich Camerata and the New Zurich Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Sayaka has been invited to Festivals such as the Marlboro, Santander, Verbier and Ravinia Festivals.


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Friday 27th May 8pm

Fiachra Garvey Piano Transcending Reality

Fiachra Garvey, piano 

Ives: "The Alcotts" from Sonata no 2 "Concord"
Rachmaninov: 3 Nocturnes
Field: Nocturne no 2 in c minor
Chopin: Mazurka op 24 no 2 in C major
Schumann: Kreisleriana op 16

Starting with "The Alcotts", which Ives described as "the impression of the spirit of transcendentalism", we immediately enter the world of the intangible. Field, the father of the nocturne, was an enormous influence on Chopin, Rachmaninov and all others who wrote in this form thereafter. To finish, Schumann's Kreisleriana, dedicated to Chopin, a series of 8 fantasy pieces inspired by an eccentric, wild and witty conductor.


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