Meet the Artist…Fiachra Garvey

Fiachra Garvey has been applauded internationally for his infectious enthusiasm and technical comfort. He was 1st Prizewinner at the Jaques Samuel Competition, London and made his Fazioli and Wigmore Hall debuts as a result. Fiachra has also been a prizewinner at Dublin AXA, EU Prague, Collioure France and was 2011 Rising Star of the NCH Dublin. Concerto appearances have included Janácek Philharmonic, RTE Symphony and RTE Concert Orchestra. Fiachra has performed extensively across Europe, Asia and the Americas, most recently he completed a concert tour of China. Fiachra is a board member of the Dublin International Piano Competition and a member of the award winning Ducasse Trio. Fiachra was also recently made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. 

“brings a deep and infectious enthusiasm, combined with insight and technical comfort.” – Sunday Times

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West Wicklow Festival Performances

For the first time since the establishment of the West Wicklow Festival, Fiachra will give his own solo recital, as well as performing alongside Quatuor Voce and accompanying BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Finalist, Lauren Fagan.

Wednesday 15th May
Russborough House | 8pm

Fiachra Garvey | piano

Brahms: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 21, No. 1
Clara Schumann: Variations Op. 20
Rhoda Coghill: Gaelic Phantasy
Sam Perkin: New Commission
Rachmaninoff: Sonata No 1 in D minor, Op. 28

Friday 17th May
Russborough House | 8pm

Quatuor Voce
Fiachra Garvey | piano

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 10 in Eb Major, Op. 74 “Harp”
Rhona Clarke: “Edge”
Dvorak: Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81

 

Sunday 19th May
St. Mary’s Church, Blessington | 1.30pm

Lauren Fagan | soprano
Fiachra Garvey | piano

Clara Schumann: Three Lieder, Op. 12
Rachmaninoff: “To Her” ,”The Rat Catcher”, “The Dream” from Six Romances, Op. 38
Grieg: “Zur Rosenzeit” , “Ein Traum” from Six Songs, Op. 48
Lilly Vadaneaux: The Cloths of Heaven (new commission)
Poulenc: Deux Poems de Louis Aragon
Schubert: Ganymed, D. 544
Strauss: Three Songs – “Meinem Kinde” “Das Rosenband”  “Cäcilie” 
Puccini: “Senza Mamma” from Suor Angelica
Gounod: “Dieu! Quel frisson…” from Romeo & Juliette

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1st prizewinner at the 2012 Jaques Samuel Competition, London, Fiachra made his Fazioli Auditorium (Italy) and Wigmore Hall debuts in 2013. Fiachra is a prizewinner of the AXA Dublin International Piano Competition (Brennan Prize and McCullough Bursary), EU Piano Competition Prague (concerto finalist), 3rd Soirees-Concours Internationales de Piano a Collioure, France (Audience award) and received the 2011 “Rising Star” award from the National Concert Hall Dublin, which subsequently led to a series of concerto and solo debuts.

Fiachra Garvey graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2013 with 1st class honours and distinction in the MA in Music Performance. This follows a 1st class honours B.A. in Music Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2011 and a 1st class honours DipMus (performance and teaching) from the RIAM in 2008.

1st prizewinner at the 2012 Jaques Samuel Competition, London, Fiachra made his Fazioli Auditorium (Italy) and Wigmore Hall debuts in 2013. He has also been a prizewinner at AXA Dublin International Piano Competition (Brennan Prize and McCullough Bursary), EU Piano Competition Prague (concerto finalist), 3rd Soirees-Concours Internationales de Piano a Collioure, France (Audience award) and Feis Ceoil Dublin (Morris Grant Bursary and Mabel Swainson award). The National Concert Hall Dublin awarded Fiachra the “Rising Star” prize in 2011, which subsequently led to a series of concerto and solo debuts.

Concerto appearances include Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini with the Janáček Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra /Cambridge Symphony Orchestra / UCD Symphony Orchestra, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Grieg with the RTE Concert Orchestra, Prokofiev no 3 with the RIAM Symphony Orchestra and Grieg with the Hibernian Orchestra.

Recent highlights include the first solo recital at Google Dublin, a series of solo and two piano recitals in Japan, a tour of China including giving masterclasses at the Beijing Conservatory of Music, as well as appearances at Spoleto Festival Italy, St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martin in the Fields, Brighton Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Wigmore Hall London and The Geneva Festival, Switzerland.

Upcoming major concerts include Poulenc’s double piano concerto with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, a residency at Snape Maltings Aldeburgh and the complete works by Beethoven and Bach for cello and piano in 2018 at the National Concert Hall.

Fiachra’s debut CD “For the Piano”, under the Lyric FM label, was released in 2012: “brings a deep and infectious enthusiasm, combined with insight and technical comfort.” (Sunday times). His second CD, a live performance from Wigmore Hall, was released in 2014.

Fiachra is the Founder and Artistic Director of the West Wicklow Festival, Ireland, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dublin International Piano Competition.