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Piano Festival brings together emerging talent from all over the globe

The 15th anniversary of New Ross Piano Festival will be celebrated this week from Thursday through Sunday (September 23-25). Last year, the festival was cancelled by Covid.

Connie Tantrum is the Director of New Ross Piano Festival. “We are delighted to return live performance. Although the audience will be smaller in order to adhere to Covid protocols, our patrons can still enjoy great music, hospitality, and a friendly atmosphere that make New Ross Piano Festival a memorable cultural event. International patrons will also be able to stream live festival concerts online.

The festival will include chamber works by Mozart and Chausson, as well as a variety solo and duo works from Bach and Poulenc.

Finghin Collins, New Ross Piano Festival’s artistic director, stated: “We are proud to present the world premiere for ‘Sonnets,’ by British composer Sally Beamish. This festival is co-commissioned with London Piano Festival. It will also receive a UK premier in London in October.

We have both well-known and less-known works in a range of formats, including solo piano, works for two or more pianos, duets for two, chamber music, and works for piano and chamber music. This makes for an engaging and varied program.”

A jazz strand was created to reflect the breadth of piano music. The New Ross Piano Festival Jazz Day, now in its fourth year is taking place on Thursday. The legendary jazz musician, Jim Doherty Trio with his band, and Jason Rebello, a celebrated British jazz pianist are featured in the programme.

Jason Rebello, who has worked with Sting, Jeff Beck and Peter Gabriel, is the best judge of a musician. [Text Wrapping Break]

These classical musicians are welcome at the New Ross Piano Festival this year

Philippe Cassard, a French pianist and honorary Irishman, is featured.

The festival’s co-curators are Cedric Pescia (pianist), who is dual-national citizen of France, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, as well as Charles Owen, a British pianist, and Katya Apekisheva (Moscow-born pianist), who will be returning to the festival for the second time.

Christian Chamorel, a Swiss pianist who won an award, is also a celebrated Israeli pianist Einav Yarden.

Charlotte Scott, a classical violinist, performs on a Gagliano Stradivari (c. 1685).

Mate Szucs, a Hungarian-born violist and award winning musician, and Adrian Brendel, a wonderfully versatile UK cellist.

Finghin Collins, the festival’s pianist and artistic director, was also present.

New Ross Piano Festival set the stage for an incredible September piano festival. Keller’s arrangement of eight Brahms Academic Festival Overture hands gives the weekend a kick. Two-piano performances of Poulenc and Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy, and Schumann will be available to the audience. Sally Beamish’s “Sonnets” world premiere, for three pianists playing on two pianos, promises to deliver a dramatic and visually spectacular performance.

The festival ends with a performance by Philippe Cassard, Cedric Pescia, of Liszt’s turbulent arrangement for two pianos Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Festival concerts are held in St. Mary’s Church New Ross.

Funding for the festival comes from Wexford County Councils Arts Office – Small Arts Festival, Experimental Events Scheme 2021.

Learn more about the Festival at https://www.newrosspianofestival.com/whats-on/