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Finghin Collins Announces Nationwide Solo Piano Tour

Celebrating 20 years since his victory at the Clara Haskil Competition in Switzerland, pianist Finghin Collins will tour to 17 venues across Ireland starting on October 10.

His programme will include the well-known Alla Turca sonata by Mozart and Schubert’s glorious late Sonata in A major, which he performed in the Swiss competition. He will also play a selection of pieces from the Ros Tapestry Suite, a suite of fifteen piano pieces, each inspired by one of the panels of the Ros Tapestry.

The latter is a series of fifteen large embroidered panels which tell the tale in thread of the Norman invasion of Ireland in the 12th century and subsequent settling of the main towns of the southeast. They have been stitched by a team of volunteers from Ireland’s southeast over the last two decades.

The fifteen solo piano pieces, each five to eight minutes duration, were commissioned by the New Ross Piano Festival between 2014 and 2016 and premiered by Irish and international musicians over three festivals.

The nationwide tour will take Collins to Navan, Roscommon, Athy, Portaferry, Clifden, Ballina, Enniskillen, Thurles, Dún Laoghaire, Bantry, Listowel, Limerick, Waterford, Blessington, Ennis, Cork and Galway.

The Dublin born 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 is also co-artistic director and founder of the International Master Course at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

He’s also recorded 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’ tour is funded by the Arts Council. Details on it can be found at www.classicallinks.ie.

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