Special piano performances en plein air, programmed by the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Experience performances by the following pianists :
6.00 pm: Nora Ronan
6.05 pm Dida Condria
6.30 pm Nora Ronan
6.35 pm JJ McNamara
6.55 pm Joe O’Grady
7.40 pm Conor Linehan
8.10 pm Deirbhle Brennan
Thirteen-year-old Dida Condria, originally from Romania, came to Ireland in 2007, at the age of 4. Since her enrolment in the Royal Irish Academy of Music in November 2009, Dida has thrived under the tuition of her piano teacher, Réamonn Keary. Her talent and love for music, coupled with hard work, has brought her excellent academic results, all with distinction and full scholarships (grade 1-7)
Conor has performed with all of Ireland’s major orchestras, including The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2006 he gave the world premier of Ronan Guilfoyle’s Piano Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, conducted by Colman Pearce. He was immediately reengaged to perform the Stravinsky Concerto for Piano and Winds with the NSO and Alexander Annissimov. Linehan recorded the world premiere of American composer Don Ray’s piano concerto with Derek Gleeson and the Philharmonia Bulgarica, and recently returned to Bulgaria to perform Brahms D minor piano concerto with Gleeson and the Vratza Philharmonic. He has also performed the concertos of Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Litov and others.
A music graduate of Trinity College Dublin and prize winner at major music festivals in Ireland and the UK, Deirbhile trained as a chartered accountant and pursued an ongoing career in business. Returning to the piano in 2009, Deirbhile won first prize at the Ile-de-France Amateur International Piano Competition, was finalist in the Yamaha UK International Amateur Piano Competition and was more recently awarded a masters degree in music performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2013, completing this within one year. Last year Deirbhile won first prize in the Chicago International Amateur Piano Solo Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall and other New York venues.
JJ McNamara is a young County Meath virtuoso pianist. Although only 20, he has already performed as soloist with international orchestras and won several major national competitions most notably the ESB Feis Ceoil Concerto Competition (with dad Frank on 2nd piano) and multiple first prizes in the Sligo Feis, Piano Academy of Ireland Festival, Arklow Feis and Newpark music festivals. He was the youngest pianist in the ESB Feis Ceoil Mabel Swainson Comp in 2016 and was specially commended for a brilliant interpretation of Beethoven and a bravura performance of Faust Waltz by Liszt. Also in 2016, JJ was a winner in his first international piano competition, when awarded the World Piano Teachers special prize at the Junior Chopin International Competition in Poland.
Joe O’Grady began his piano studies at the age of three winning his first piano competition aged five. Since then, he has won a number of first prizes at the Irish national competition ESB Feis Ceoil. He was awarded the Dublin Philharmonic Junior Solo Concerto Prize (U-18) for RIAM in 2015. He has also held two solo recital concerts. Joe made his piano solo début in Carnegie Hall with New York Concerti Sinfonietta and in Trinity College Dublin with Royal Irish Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra when he was 9. Age 10, he made his piano solo début in the National Concert Hall Dublin as a special guest at ESB Feis Ceoil winners gala concert. In the following year he performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the RIAM Symphony Orchestra in UCD Astra Hall in January.
At Chinese Stars on the Rise Joe will be performing Franz Liszt | Soirées de Vienne Valse-Caprice No. 6 , M. Ravel, Miroirs no. 4, Alborada del Gracioso and Chinese Folk song Jasmine flower (Mo Li Hua)
Time: 6pm - 8.30pm
Features: Family friendly / Wheelchair accessible
Address: O'Connell Street Upper, Dublin 1
No Booking Required