New Ross Standard - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID LOOBY

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.

Seán Mor­gan-Rooney.

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