Pianists Finghin Collins and Seán Morgan-Rooney at the launch of the New Ross Piano Festival in the Dunbrody Visitor Centre.
THERE was world class music and even chocolate pianos to sample at the launch of this year’s New Ross Piano Festival on Wednesday, at the Dunbrody Fame Ship.
The guest speaker at the event, which drew a crowd, was Hungarian Ambassador His Excellency Mr Istvan Palffy.
This is the 12th New Ross Piano Festival which features Hungarian music strongly.
On the evening there were short recitals by Finghin Collins and Seán Morgan-Rooney.
Several Hungarian musicians are travelling to the town to perform a wide range of piano and chamber music, adding an extra day devoted to jazz piano to the festival, which takes place from Wednesday, September 20, to Sunday, September 24.
For the first time the festival will present a recital on a period instrument, with world-renowned specialist Kristian Bezuidenhout performing a solo recital on a reproduction of an 1805 Walter fortepiano which the festival committee are bringing specially from the UK.
Numerous recitals will be held over the four days at the festival which has become an important fixture on the musical calendar of Ireland.
Among the pianists is Klara Wurtz, while. Zoltan Fejervari, a rising star from Budapest, will make his Irish debut at the festival. Festival artistic director for the past 12 years Finghin Collins will return to play at the three main concerts.
The pianists will be joined by a very strong trio of string players to perform wonderful piano quartets by Brahms, Schumann and Faure. A little night music is scheduled for 10.30 pm on Saturday. The pianist is David Greilsammer and he is playing a programme he has titled ‘Labyrinth’. It travels between the centuries in a linked narrative, and sounds intriguing.
Another recital to look forward to takes place on Sunday at noon when Elizaveta Ukrainskaia is making her Irish debut.
Fuller details of the festival and the performers is on the website newrosspianosfestival.com. Tickets can be booked at St Michaels Theatre: 051 421255 and stmichaelsnewross.com.
Olive Thorpe and Connie Tantrum.
Margaret Fitzpatrick, Noirin Cummins and Helen Hennessy.