NCH International Master Course

Tuesday 2nd - Sunday
7th August 2022

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The NCH is delighted to announce the return of its in-person International Master Course from 2nd - 7th August 2022. This intensive summer school offers Irish and international musicians the opportunity to partake in a series of masterclasses and seminars by world-renowned musicians and is kindly supported by  TJ O'Connor and the Sheridan Family  in memory of  Patricia Sheridan. The IMC strives to build confidence in students and promote participation in chamber music.

Over five days participants will receive one-on-one master classes, chamber music coaching with new ensembles and performance opportunities. On Wednesday evening the faculty will give a recital at 8pm in the John Field Room including Schubert's Piano Trio “Notturno” in E flat major D. 897, Kodály’s Duo for Violin and Cello Op. 7 and Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 57. The course will come to a close with two concerts featuring students and faculty on Sunday 7th August. Building on the 2021 online course, the 2022 course will also include elements of Irish Traditional music.

The International Master Course is led by two of Ireland’s foremost musicians, Artistic Directors Gwendolyn Masin (violin) and Finghin Collins (piano). This year’s faculty of musicians comprises Romanian violinist Mihaela Martin who has collaborated with musical giants from Harnoncourt to Argerich, Masur to Menuhin, acclaimed violist Lars Anders Tomter who has performed with many of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors and lauded Swedish solo cellist Frans Helmerson who has vast teaching experience at conservatories in Cologne, Madrid, Berlin and Kronberg.

Collectively they are all highly regarded soloists and chamber musicians who have performed in some of the world’s most illustrious concert halls and festivals with renowned conductors and ensembles. The wealth of their combined experience is outstanding, providing a unique and rare opportunity for aspiring musicians to learn from.

We are also delighted to announce that two Ivano Conti bows will be awarded to the most promising violin and viola players of the course, as decided by the faculty.

Faculty Concert: Wednesday 3rd August 8pm
Gwendolyn Masin, violin
Mihaela Martin, violin
Lars Anders Tomter, viola
Frans Helmerson, cello
Finghin Collins, piano
Kodály  Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7  
Poulenc Sonata for Violin and Piano, FP 119 – Intermezzo
Schubert Notturno in E-flat major, Op. 148 (D. 897) for Piano Trio
Adès Three Berceuses from The Exterminating Angel
Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57
End of Course Concerts: Sunday 7th August at 11am & 2pm
Course participants & faculty members
11am Concert
Beethoven       Piano Trio Op. 70 No. 1 "Ghost"
Performed by: Gwendolyn Masin, violin, Callum Owens, cello & Luke Lally Maguire, piano
Ysaye               Sonata No. 2 “Obsession” 3rd & 4th movements
Performed by: Paula Mejia, violin
Ligeti                Sonata for Solo Cello
Performed by: Willard Carter, cello
Tchaikovsky     Valse-Scherzo in C major, Op. 34
Performed by: Julia Angelov, violin
Brahms            Four Piano Pieces Op. 119, No. 1 Intermezzo & No. 4 Rhapsody
Performed by: Luke Lally Maguire, piano
Dohnanyi         Serenade in C major Op. 10 1, 2, & 5 movements
Performed by: Paula Mejia, violin, Lars Anders Tomter, viola & Tom Feltgen, cello
2pm Concert
Enescu                        Octet for Strings in C major, Op. 7
Performed by: Mihaela Martin, violin 1, Julia Angelov, violin 2, Romana Szczepaniak, violin 3, Bríona Mannion, violin 4, Fiachra de hOra, viola 1, Katie Ní Mhaoláin, viola 2, Frans Helmerson, cello 1 & Patrick Moriarty, cello 2
Mendelssohn               String Quintet No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 87
Performed by: Gwendolyn Masin, violin 1, Elza Siliņa, violin 2, Kevin O'Loughlin, viola 1, Martin Moriarty, viola 2& Adrian Ivicevic, cello
Dvorak                         Piano Quintet Op. 81
1st & 2nd Movements performed by: Daimee Ng, violin 1, Shane Quinn, violin 2, Eve Quigley, viola, Willard Carter, cello & Yueran Yang, piano
3rd & 4th Movements performed by: Orlaith McHugh, violin 1, Anna Pasetto, violin 2, Martin Moriarty, viola, Finn Mannion, cello & Finghin Collins, piano

Outline of masterclasses and ensemble coaching sessions

Chamber Music Ensemble Coaching from 9:30 - 12:30 & 17:30 - 18:30
Individual lessons from 13:00 - 15:30 & 16:00 - 17:30

Individual lessons from 09:30 - 13:30
Chamber Music Coaching from 13:45 - 16:15
Faculty Concert 20:00

Ensemble Chamber Music Coaching from 10:30 - 12:30
Individual Lessons from 13:45 - 18:45

Ensemble Chamber Music Coaching from 10:00 - 12:15
Individual lessons from 13:15 - 18:15

Ensemble Chamber Music Coaching from 10:30 - 12:30
Individual Lessons from 13:15 - 18:15

End of Course Concerts 11:00 & 14:00

KBR 3 Mihaela Martin - violin
KBR 1 Finghin Collins - piano
Room 107 Gwendolyn Masin - violin
Room 103 Lars Anders Tomter - viola
The Studio Frans Helmerson - cello


Finghin Collins, piano Artistic Director

One of Ireland's most successful musicians, Finghin Collins’ 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, the United States, the Far East and Australia. In October 2017, the National University of Ireland conferred on him an honorary Degree of Doctor of Music. Collins has recorded numerous award-winning CDs for Swiss label Claves over the past two decades, including works by Schumann, Stanford, Chopin and Mozart. Since 2013, he has been Artistic Director of Music for Galway, which was tasked with presenting the major classical programme of Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture. The centrepiece of that programme, the cello festival Cellissimo, was delivered successfully online in March 2021.  He is also the founding Artistic Director of the New Ross Piano Festival as well as the founding co-Artistic Director of the International Master Course at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.   

Finghin Collins
Gwendolyn Masin

Gwendolyn Masin, violin Artistic Director

Gwendolyn Masin is one of today’s significant concert violinists.

She performs internationally to praise from press and audiences alike as a soloist, chamber musician and as guest with orchestras. Gwendolyn teaches violin and chamber-music master classes at institutes and festivals throughout Europe and North America and gives talks concerning her areas of expertise. She is also an artistic director and PhD scholar. She is Professor of Violin Studies at the Haute École de Musique de Genève, Switzerland, since September 2013. She is also the author of the award-winning book, Michaela’s Music House, The Magic of the Violin which is available in English and German and is part of the ESTA Edition collection available via Müller & Schade. In 2017, born out of the wish to shine a light on home-grown talent and offer international perspectives to young musicians and audiences in Ireland alike, she shaped a chamber music series and later the National Concert Hall International Music Course with her childhood friend, Finghin Collins. 

Mihaela Martin, violin

Romanian violinist Mihaela Martin is a sought-after soloist and chamber musician. She has collaborated with musical giants from Harnoncourt to Argerich, Masur to Menuhin.

Martin began studying the violin under the guidance of her father. She went on to gain international recognition being awarded top prizes at the Tchaikovsky and the Queen Elisabeth Competition, to name just two.

One of Martin’s great passions is sharing her musical knowledge. She holds professorships at the Hochschule für Music Köln, Kronberg Academy and the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin.

Mihaela Martin, violin
Lars Anders

Lars Anders Tomter, viola

Lars Anders Tomter is one of today's most outstanding violists. The Giant of the Nordic Viola (The Strad) was born at Hamar, Norway.  He has performed with many of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors. Lars Anders Tomter is a Professor at the State Academy in Oslo, supervising a number of Norway's most talented string players. In 2013 he was appointed guest professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy, Copenhagen. He plays a Gasparo da Salo viola dated from 1590.

Frans Helmerson, cello

Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson began his musical training with Guido Vecchi in Gothenburg before moving on to study with Giuseppe Selmi in Rome and William Pleeth in London. Sergiu Celibidache and his mentor Mstislav Rostropovich also played a very influential role in his artistic development. Tours have taken him all around the world. Helmerson has vast teaching experience at conservatories in Cologne, Madrid, Berlin and Kronberg as well as in summer courses internationally.   


Frans Helmerson