Three ‘Music at Noon’ concerts during festival
There are three concerts at 12 noon taking place during the upcoming Piano Festival.
On Friday, September 28, there is a concert which is aimed at young music students, but is free for everyone to attend. This year the pianist is Waterford native Billy O’Brien who is a rising star on the Irish piano scene, having spent two years studying with renowned Russian piano teacher Rena Shereshevskaya at the Rueil Malmaison Conservatoire, Paris, where he was recently awarded a Prix de Perfectionnement, and the Prix d’Excellence as the highest placed piano student.
The French pianist Francois Dumont plays works by Liszt, Bach and Debussy on Saturday. Dumont was 14 when he entered the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Bruno Rigutto’s class. His international career has been launched by his success in major international piano competitions winning prizes in the Chopin Competition, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Clara Haskil Competition, and the Montecarlo Piano Masters. Completing the trio of performers is exciting Cuban pianist Marcos Madrigal who plays for on Sunday, September 30, at the coffee concert at 12 noon. He has a wealth of experience in the classical repertoire and with the Latin American composers. He will perform works by Scriabin, Séverac, Poulenc and works by Latin American composers. Tickets to the Saturday and Sunday concerts can be bought at St Michael’s Theatre, 051 421255, and the full programme is on www.newrosspianofestival.com
Pianist Billy O’Brien.