Three ‘Mu­sic at Noon’ con­certs dur­ing fes­ti­val

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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.newrosspi­anofes­ti­

Pi­anist Billy O’Brien.

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