West Cork highlights
Piano Plus: It is the year of the French as the festival hosts two winners of the Dublin Piano Competition who launched international careers 30 years apart. Both the first and last winners, Philippe Cassard and Nathalia Millstein, perform at Bantry House on July 2. Cassard marks the centenary of Debussy with a performance of Les Préludes. Millstein returns the next day to play Debussy’s cello sonata with Andreas Brantelid.
Female Focus: The festival has sought out works by women. In addition to the premiere of Deirdre Gribbin’s ‘Kindersang’, there are premieres of work by Sally Beamish, Lera Auerbach and Sofia Gubaidulina.
Meet the makers: A regular feature of the festival is the gathering of the small dedicated band of master craftsmen; the violin and bow makers who carry on the tradition of the age-old craft of making and restoration. You can view their wares and watch them at work. Brussels based bow maker Robert Pierce and French luthier Patrick Robin will give insights into violin making at two midweek talks.
Fringe events: Eight performances will take place around lunch time at a wide variety of locations such as Bantry Town, Garnish Island and Durrus. This year will also include Glebe Gardens in Baltimore and Skibbereen Town. Cork percussionists Alex Petcu and Caitriona Frost and the London Chamber Brass are among the eight ensembles scheduled to perform.
West Cork Chamber Music Festival, June 29 - July 8