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CURRENT ENGAGEMENTS - January 2015 - June 2015


Ireland / Galway - Music for Galway's Midwinter Festival - "Soundtracks for Superpowers" HAYDN:SHOSTAKOVICH


January 16th 2015 8.00pm
January 17th 2015 8.00pm
January 18th 2015 3.00pm
Town Hall Theatre, Galway



Haydn Sonata in E flat major Hob. XVI_49
Haydn Arianna a Naxos, Berenice che fai?
Shostakovich Seven Romances on texts by Alexander Blok
Shostakovich Piano Quintet
Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 1 Op. 8
with Helen Kearns soprano
and the Carducci Quartet 

Finghin is Artistic Director of Music for Galway; this is MFG's annual Midwinter Festival at the Town Hall Theatre.  It focusses this year on music by two composers who towered over their respective centuries, Joseph Haydn and Dmitri Shostakovich. More information here:


The Netherlands / Eindhoven - Storioni Festival


January 22nd - 26th 2015



Berg Sonata Op. 1
Brahms Rhapsody Op. 79 No. 1
Beethoven Quintet for piano and winds
Lekeu Adagio for two violins and piano
Souza Stars and Stripes forever, for piano six hands
Mendelssohn Piano Quartet No. 2 Op. 2
Britten Temporal Variations for oboe and piano 
(other artists to be announced) 

Major festival of chamber music in Eindhoven and surrounding area organised by the Storioni Trio. More information on all concerts, artists and venues here

The Netherlands / Rotterdam, De Doelen, Jurriaanse Zaal


February 14th 2015 8.15pm



Songs by Frank Bridge, Charles Ives, George Butterworth, Escher
with Maarten Koningsberger baritone

Part of a series of concerts in Rotterdam to commemorate the First World War: "The Old Lie"
More information here.  

Ireland/ Trinity College Dublin - Examination Hall


February 26th 2015 7.30pm



Mozart Piano Concerto in F major K. 413
Mozart Piano Concerto in A major K. 414
Mozart Piano Concerto in C major K. 415
with the RIAM Chamber Orchestra
and six young student soloists (K. 413/414)
Finghin to conduct the concert and play/direct K. 415

The culmination of Finghin's Mozart Project at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. See here for more information. 

The Netherlands / Amsterdam. Splendor


March 15th 2015 4.00pm



"John Field and the creation of the Nocturne", a lecture recital as part of St. Patrick's Eve celebrations in Amsterdam. In conversation with Kenneth Montgomery. 


Ireland  / Three recitals with cellist István Várdai


March 21st 2015 8.00pm
Castalia Hall, Ballytobin, Co. Kilkenny
March 22nd 2015 12 noon
Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane
March 24th 2015 8.00pm
HP, Ballybrit, Galway



Beethoven Sonata in A major Op. 69
Brahms Sonata in E minor OP. 38
De Falla Siete Canciones Espanolas
Shostakovich Cello Sonata Op. 40
with István Várdai cello 


István Várdai is a very exciting young Hungarian cellist who recently won first prize at the ARD Competition in Munich. These concerts are presented by Music in Kilkenny, Dublin City Gallery Sunday at Noon concerts and Music for Galway respectively.

Monaco / Monte-Carlo, Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo


March 26th 2015 8.30pm
Château des Terrasses, Cap d'Ail 



Debussy Sonata for cello and piano
Sibelius Malinconia for cello and piano
Frank Bridge Sonata for cello and piano 
with Marc Coppey cello 

A recital at this very prestigious festival with Finghin's long-term cello partner Marc Coppey. Programme also includes works by Kodaly and Reger for solo cello. More here
UK / Harrogate International Festival


March 29th 2015 11.00am
Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate 



Beethoven Variations on "La ci darem la mano"
Brahms Sonata in F minor Op. 120 no. 1
Poulenc Sonata
and other shorter works by Dvorak, Ravel, Bernstein, Monti
with Emma Johnson clarinet

UK / London, Guildhall School of Music and Drama


March 30th 2015 10.00am



Masterclass with piano students at the renowned Guildhall School in London

More information here


Denmark / Esbjerg


April 22nd 2015 7.30pm
Syddansk Musikkonservatorium



Caplet Quintet for piano and winds
Brahms Horn Trio Op. 40
Fauré Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor
with Esbjerg Ensemble

Finghin will be guest artist with this ensemble for a week, culminating in this concert. 

France / Evosges (01) - Schubertiade en Bugey


April 23rd - 26th 2015
Salle Communale, Evosges 



Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin and selected other songs
Mozart Flute Sonata K10
Françaix Trio for flute, cello and piano
Schubert Variations on "Trockne Blumen"
Schubert Arpeggione Sonata
Schubert Sonata in A major D. 664
Dvorak Piano Quintet
with the Cremona Quartet
James Gilchrist tenor
Jonathan Rimmer flute
Hannah Roberts cello

The third year of this enormously enjoyable Schubert festival organised in a tiny village by the Whibleys of "Holidays with Music". More information here

Ireland / Drumcliffe, Co. Sligo - Music in Drumcliffe 


May 1st to 4th 2015
St. Columba's Church, Drumcliffe



Poulenc Violin Sonata
with Aoife Ni Bhriain violin
Janacek Violin Sonata
with Tim Vogler violin
Schubert Fantasie in F minor
with Dearbhla Collins piano
Dvorak Piano Quintet
with the Vogler Quartet

Annual festival in this beautiful church beneath Ben Bulben; right by the front door is the grave of W.B. Yeats.  Vogler Quartet are the Ensemble-in-Residence with Tim Vogler acting as Artistic Director. 

Ireland / Dublin, National Concert Hall


May 8th 2015 8.00pm


Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op. 15
with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Alan Buribayev

Ireland / Borris, Co. Carlow - Barrow River Arts Festival


May 15th 2015 8.00pm
Borris House, Co. Carlow 



Schumann Six Songs Op. 90
Schumann Liederkreis Op. 39
Schumann Six Songs Op. 107
with Anja Pöche-Lipfert soprano


Switzerland / Geneva - La Soirée des Jeunes Créateurs

June 11th 2015 8.00pm
Théâtre du Léman, Genève 


Doryan-Emmanuel Rappaz Fantasie Concertante 
with the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Lorenzo Turchi-Floris

The world premiere of this work by a young Geneva composer...  More here

Ireland / Wexford - Music for Wexford


June 19th 2015 8.00pm
St. Iberius Church Wexford 


Elgar Piano Quintet
with the Carducci Quartet

Future Engagements

July 2015 - December 2015

Past Engagements

July 2014 - December 2014
January 2014 - June 2014
July 2013 - December 2013
January 2013 - June 2013
July 2012 - December 2012
January 2012 - June 2012
July 2011 - December 2011
January 2011 - June 2011
July 2010 - December 2010
January 2010 - June 2010
July 2009 - December 2009
January 2009 - June 2009
July 2008 - December 2008
January 2008 - June 2008
July 2007 - December 2007
January 2007 - June 2007
July 2006 - December 2006
January 2006 - June 2006
July 2005 - December 2005


"In this version of the Etudes symphoniques (in which he incorporates the posthumous variations) he shows himself to be a very rare artist in that the fearsome technical difficulties are surmounted seemingly without effort, at the same time as the poetic nature of his interpretations place him in the highest class, alongside Perahia and Kempff. Where Collins scores so admirably is that his combination of those elements are placed wholly within a profound understanding of the underlying structural mastery of the studies - a demonstration of the Celto-Germanic revelation. At times, it would be hard to imagine more sensitive pianism (such as the posthumous Variation IV) or more controlled virtuosity (as in the succeeding Variation VI, Allegro molto) or more technical-expressive virtuosity (as in the ninth Etude). This is deeply impressive playing throughout."

 Robert Matthew-Walker, International Record Review, June 2009