In­ter­na­tional pi­anists to light up New Ross Pi­ano Fes­ti­val


New Ross Standard - - NEWS - BY DAVID LOOBY

PI­ANISTS born in Ger­many, South Africa, Amer­ica, Aus­tralia, Hun­gary, Ire­land and the UK will de­scend on New Ross to en­ter­tain au­di­ences next week.

The town of New Ross will be the epi­cen­tre of pi­ano mu­sic in the coun­try dur­ing New Ross Pi­ano Fes­ti­val, which brings peo­ple and busi­ness into the area just af­ter the sum­mer sea­son has fin­ished and is a wel­come boost to the econ­omy.

This year starts with jazz pi­anist Phil Ware and his bass player Damian Evans who are play­ing at a con­cert in St Mary’s Church, at 1 p.m. on Wed­nes­day.

In the evening, a great treat lies in store when the Ital­ian leg­endary jazz pi­anist, En­rico Pier­a­nunzi, gives a solo con­cert.

Pier­a­nunzi has been named Artist of the Year three times by the Musica Jazz magazine crit­ics’ poll. He also won the French Django d’Or prize as “Best Euro­pean Mu­si­cian” and the Ger­man Echo Jazz Award in 2014 as ‘Best In­ter­na­tional Key­board Artist’.

En­rico and Phil will be talk­ing about their lives in jazz at 7 p.m. in the church. All are wel­come to eaves­drop.

Lo­cal tal­ent will be on show on Thurs­day evening at 7.30 p.m., fea­tur­ing young pi­ano stu­dents from all across the re­gion. This year 25 youths aged 8 to 18 will per­form on the grand pi­ano. Tick­ets cost €5.

At noon on Fri­day any­one can join the as­sem­bled sec­ond-level mu­sic stu­dents in St Mary’s Church for a free con­cert given by the young award-win­ning Ir­ish pi­anist, Sean Mor­gan-Rooney. The pieces he is play­ing are all short and will be in­tro­duced by a vis­it­ing Hun­gar­ian writer, En­dre Toth, who is vis­it­ing the fes­ti­val for the sec­ond time.

At 8 p.m. the main evening con­cert takes place, fea­tur­ing Klara Wurtz, Zoltan Fe­jer­vari and Finghin Collins on the pi­ano, with help from Ist­van Var­dai [cello], Kristof Barati [vi­o­lin] and Jen­nifer Stumm [viola]. Würtz is among the more im­por­tant pi­anists to have emerged from the lat­ter decades of the 20th cen­tury. Hun­gar­ian-born, she has, since the early ‘90s, made nu­mer­ous tours of the United States and Canada while also ap­pear­ing through­out Hol­land and else­where in Europe. She has made nu­mer­ous record­ings.

She has re­cently recorded the Beethoven com­plete vi­o­lin sonatas and the Brahms vi­o­lin sonatas with Kristof Barati who is also at the fes­ti­val this year.

Zoltán Fe­jérvári is mak­ing his Ir­ish de­but. He was win­ner of the 2017 Con­cours Mu­si­cal In­ter­na­tional de Mon­tréal for pi­ano. Finghin Collins is Artis­tic Di­rec­tor to the fes­ti­val, and is one of Ire­land’s fore­most pi­anists, per­form­ing widely all over Europe, Amer­ica, the Far East and last year Aus­tralia also. These three pi­anists will give two other con­certs, one on Satur­day at 7.30 and one on Sun­day at 3.30pm. Full in­for­ma­tion on their reper­toire is on www.newrosspi­anofes­ti­ On Satur­day at noon, the world renowned Kris­tian Bezuiden­hout will be play­ing a spe­cially im­ported fortepi­ano in St Mary’s Church. El­iza­veta Ukrain­skaia is mak­ing her Ir­ish de­but, while the ex­traor­di­nar­ily imag­i­na­tive David Greil­sam­mer per­forms the late night con­cert on Satur­day at 10 p.m. His pro­gramme will fea­ture Bach, Mozart, Janecek, and the lesser-known JeanFery Rebel and Ofer Pelz, and he will ex­plain the labyrinth he has cre­ated.

At 11.30am, just be­fore the Cof­fee Con­certs on Satur­day and Sun­day in St Mary’s Church the Hun­gar­ian mu­si­col­o­gist En­dre Toth will be talk­ing to Finghin Collins about the Hun­gar­ian school of mu­sic and its in­flu­ences.

As is usual there is an el­e­ment of cham­ber mu­sic at the three main con­certs in this year’s fes­ti­val, and the artists are re­mark­able. István Vár­dai, Kristof Barati and Jen­nifer Stumm will pe­form and re­turn­ing to jazz pi­ano, well-known Myles Dren­nan will play two free jazz pi­ano ses­sions on Satur­day. He will be in the li­brary at 11 a.m. and in the Dun­brody Vis­i­tor Cen­tre at 3.30 p.m.

Book­ing is rec­om­mended for this, the 12th New Ross Pi­ano Fes­ti­val. This year there is al­lo­cated seat­ing and book­ing is at St Michael’s The­atre, 051 421766 or www.stmichael­snewross. com. More in­for­ma­tion about the full pro­gramme is on the web­site.

Klara Wurtz.

Kris­tian Bezuiden­hout.

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