Meet the Artist…Elena Urioste

Violinist Elena Urioste was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2012 to 2014 and a first-place laureate in both the Junior and Senior divisions of the Sphinx Competition. She has given acclaimed performances with major orchestras throughout the United States and 

Europe including with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, to name just a few. Based between London and Philadelphia, Elena has performed regularly as a featured soloist in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium as well as giving recitals in Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Sage Gateshead in Newcastle and many more.

“Violinist Elena Urioste drew out the expansive themes of the first movement before an explosive cadenza. The shimmering opening to the slow movement was conveyed with supreme sensitivity, with intimate passages of gossamer lightness.” – The Northern Echo

She has performed regularly as a featured soloist in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and has given recitals in such distinguished venues as Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Sage Gateshead in Newcastle, Bayerischer Rundfunk Munich, and the Mondavi Center at the University of California-Davis. Recent highlights have included debuts with the LA Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, and Orchestra of Opera North; return performances with the Cleveland and Hallé Orchestras and the Chicago and Detroit Symphony Orchestras; a recital debut at the Kennedy Center with pianist Michael Brown; and a series of live BBC Radio 3 broadcasts from England’s Roman River Music Festival.

This season sees a debut with IRIS Orchestra with Michael Stern conducting, as well as three separate concerto and chamber music appearances in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. As first-place laureate in both the Junior and Senior divisions of the Sphinx Competition, Elena debuted at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium in 2004 and has returned frequently as soloist.

She has collaborated with acclaimed conductors Sir Mark Elder, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Christoph Eschenbach, and Robert Spano; pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Dénes Várjon, and Ignat Solzhenitsyn; cellists Peter Wiley, Colin Carr, and Carter Brey; violists Kim Kashkashian and Michael Tree; and violinists Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt, and Cho-Liang Lin.

An avid chamber musician as well as soloist, Elena has been a featured artist at the Marlboro, Ravinia, La Jolla, Bridgehampton, Moab, and Sarasota Music Festivals, as well as Switzerland’s Sion-Valais International Music Festival, the Verbier Festival’s winter residency at Schloss Elmau, and is a regular at the Roman River Music Festival in Essex, England. She performs extensively in recital with pianists Michael Brown and Tom Poster.

Miscellaneous accomplishments include first prizes at the Sphinx and Sion International Violin Competitions; an inaugural Sphinx Medal of Excellence presented by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (they immediately bonded over their matching red formal wear); spreads in Latina and La Revista Mujer magazines; and the 2015 Brooklyn Film Festival’s Audience Choice and Best Original Score awards for But Not For Me, the independent feature film in which Elena acted as the lead female role. Her second album, Echoes, a recital disc with Michael Brown, was released on BIS Records in October 2016; a disc of violin and piano miniatures with Tom Poster will be released on the same label in 2018. Elena is the co-founder and artistic director of Intermission Sessions & Retreat, a program that combines music and yoga; and the founder and artistic director of Chamber Music by the Sea, an annual summer chamber music festival on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Elena is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Joseph Silverstein,Pamela Frank, and Ida Kavafian. She completed graduate studies with Joel Smirnoff at The Juilliard School. Other notable teachers include David Cerone, Choong-Jin Chang, Soovin Kim, and Rafael Druian.

The outstanding instruments being used by Elena are an Alessandro Gagliano violin, Naples c. 1706, and a Nicolas Kittel bow, both on generous extended loan from the private collection of Dr. Charles E. King through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

In addition to being a devoted musician, Elena is a yoga fanatic; voracious reader; lover of delicious food, semi-colons, and corgis; hopeless dreamer; and occasional scarf-knitter. Elena Urioste is under general management with the New York-based firm Sciolino Artist Management (, and is represented in Europe by Thomas Hull of Maestro Arts (


West Wicklow Festival Performances

Elena will perform with pianist Tom Poster on Thursday 16th May 2019 in stunning Russborough House, one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in Ireland.

Thursday 16th May
Russborough House | 8pm

Elena Urioste | Violin
Tom Poster | Piano

Kreisler: Miniatures (Preghiera; Songs My Mother Taught Me; Midnight Bells)
Clara Schumann: Three Romances, Op. 22
Dvorák: Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 57

Janacek: Violin Sonata
Amy Beach: Three Pieces, Op. 40
Gershwin/Heifetz: Selections from Porgy and Bess


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Family Fun at the West Wicklow Festival

Following the huge success of last year’s Family Concert, Musical Maze and Music Trail, we’re delighted to welcome back Ceol Connected and the National Concert Hall’s Learning & Participation team to Russborough to help us deliver another innovative music programme for children and their adults!

Family Music Events

Step inside Russborough House and Parklands and discover an immersive musical world suitable for the whole family! Children and their adults can explore the Musical Maze, discover the world of Whistleberry Forest, learn about different musical instruments and even get their faces painted in the playground! Fun for all the family!

Musical Maze | Open from 11am – 2 pm 

Venture through Russborough House’s 200 metre hedge maze, collecting clues and finding musical mysteries and musicians around every corner! In this educational scavenger hunt, children and adults are invited to enter the labyrinth and seek out a series of musical clues and images.  Complete your clue chart, find the statue at the centre – and try not to get lost!  

Whistle in the Wind – A Musical Trail | 11am & 12pm  

Come on a magical musical adventure to Whistleberry Forest! The creatures of Whistleberry Forest have discovered a little tree growing deep in the woods. However, there are no birds singing, no leaves rustling, and no animals scurrying around its trunk.  This delightful musical trail takes children and accompanying adults on an adventure through the forest where they explore musical soundscapes, sing, dance, and help Ornaith the owl, Sorley the snail, and Faolán the frog bring the little tree to life through music. Suitable for children ages 2-6 and their parents/guardians.

Limited places, sign-up sheet located near Russborough’s obelisk on the day.

Micro Concerts & Instrument Demonstrations
Start times: 11am | 12:30pm | 2:00pm

Venture through Russborough House to meet individual musicians and their instruments! Small groups will learn about each instrument’s sound and how it is played, before gathering for a micro concert in the inner chambers of the building.  Unique performances in unique spaces! Designed for 4 – 12 year olds and their families, all welcome!

Limited places, tickets available 60mins before each performance

Please note, children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all events.

Tickets will not be available in advance.  Tickets will be available for collection on site Saturday 18 May from 10am.

Meet the Artist…Lauren Fagan

After graduating from Covent Garden’s prestigious Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, Lauren Fagan has developed into one of today’s finest young sopranos. Her debut this summer as Violetta in Rodula Gaitanou’s new production of La traviata for Opera Holland Park was met with unanimous critical acclaim for both her richness of tone and compelling stage presence. This season Lauren returns to the Royal Opera House as Woglinde in Keith Warner’s Ring Cycle under Sir Antonio Pappano, as well as making her role debut as Alcina at the Internationale Händel-Festspiele Karlsruhe.

“Fagan, one of today’s finest young sopranos, is exceptional throughout and a superb actor. Her tone blazes with existential defiance and desperation, and she possesses both the agility for act one – Sempre Libera is capped by a dazzling top E flat – and the dramatic weight for the closing scenes.” -The Guardian 2018


Notable recent highlights have included Roxana (Szymanowski’s Krol Roger) under Antonio Pappano in Rome with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with NHK Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Järvi, as well as Donna Anna and Musetta (La bohème) for her company debuts with Opera Holland Park and Welsh National Opera, respectively. Further ahead Lauren’s plans include her role debuts as both Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito) and Tatyana (Eugene Onegin).

Equally in demand on the concert stage, recent successes have included joining Sakari Oramo for Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music as part of the First Night of the BBC Proms, Peer Gynt with Orchestre national de Lyon under Leonard Slatkin, and Agnès in concert performances of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, with the Melos Sinfonia conducted by Oliver Zeffman, in London at LSO St Luke’s and also in St. Petersburg at the Mariinsky Theatre. This season Lauren sings Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with Symphoniker Hamburg under Eivind Gullberg-Jensen, and with Oslo Philharmonic conducted by Klaus Mäkelä, as well as joining the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for Tippett’s A Child of Our Time under David Hill.

During her seasons at Covent Garden, Lauren not only had the privilege of working with such esteemed conductors as Nicola Luisotti, Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Mark Elder, Daniel Oren, Christian Curnyn, Cornelius Meister, Daniele Rustioni and Ivor Bolton but also developed an extensive repertoire of roles. Her appearances in a number of diverse productions on the main stage, ROH2, and the Linbury Theater included Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore), Lila (The Firework-Maker’s Daughter), Ines (Il trovatore), Sophie (Werther), Jemmy (Guillaume Tell), Lia (L’enfant prodigue), Blue Fairy (The Adventures of Pinocchio) and Giulia (La scala di seta).


West Wicklow Festival Performances

Lauren will perform on Sunday 19th May 2019 in the beautifully historic St. Mary’s Church in Blessington. Lauren will be accompanied by West Wicklow Festival’s Founder & Artistic Director, Fiachra Garvey. In this very special performance, Lauren and Fiachra will also give the world premiere of a new commission by young composer, Lilly Vadaneaux.

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

Lauren Fagan | soprano
Fiachra Garvey | piano

Clara Schumann: Three Lieder, Op. 12
Rachmaninoff: Six Romances, Op. 38 (selections)
Grieg: Six Songs, Op. 48 (selections)
Lilly Vadaneaux: The Cloths of Heaven (new commission)
Poulenc: Deux Poems de Louis Aragon
Schubert: Ganymed, D. 544
Alfred Hill: “I thought I heard a magpie call” /  “A Little Town”

Strauss: Three Songs
Puccini: “Senza Mamma” from Suor Angelica
Gounod: “Dieu! Quel frisson…” from Romeo & Juliette


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Tickets Now On Sale for 2019 West Wicklow Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the third edition of the West Wicklow Festival which takes place from 15th – 19th May 2019. Building on the success of previous festivals, the 2019 West Wicklow Festival boasts an incredible line-up of musicians and artists from all over the world with concerts being held at Russborough House and St. Mary’s Church in Blessington.

Having doubled in size last year, the Festival has once again expanded its programme and added an extra day to the Festival which this year will feature 15 artists and 26 composers over 5 days.

The 2019 programme features performances from the captivating Australian soprano Lauren Fagan, internationally acclaimed violinist Elena Urioste with pianist Tom Poster, renowned French string quartet Quatuor Voce, the inspirational Trio Atanassov, the dynamic and energetic Duo Játékok and the Festival’s Founder and Artistic Director, renowned Irish pianist Fiachra Garvey.


This year’s programme marks two very important events – namely the 200th Anniversary of Clara Schumann’s birth and the centenary of the outbreak of the Irish War of Independence. We join in celebrating the music of Clara Schumann this year as well as music by other female composers and we have commissioned two new works in memory of the Irish War of Independence. I look forward to welcoming everyone to the stunning Russborough House in May to enjoy this fantastic programme in a uniquely intimate setting!” – Fiachra Garvey, Founder & Artistic Director


The West Wicklow Festival marks the 200th Birthday of perhaps the world’s most significant female composer, Clara Schumann, with performances of some of her most popular works. In conjunction with this, the Festival is also celebrating by championing other influential Irish and international female composers, including Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger, Rhona Clarke, Rhoda Coghill and Joan Trimble.

2019 also marks the centenary of the outbreak of the Irish War of Independence. To commemorate this event, the West Wicklow Festival has commissioned two new pieces, one from prominent Irish composer Sam Perkin and the other from young British composer Lilly Vadaneaux. Sam Perkin’s composition will receive its world premiere on the opening night of the Festival and will be performed by Fiachra Garvey as part of his own solo recital on Wednesday 15th May at Russborough House. Fiachra will also accompany acclaimed Australian soprano Lauren Fagan for the world premiere of Lilly Vadaneaux’s composition on Sunday 19th May in St. Mary’s Church, Blessington.

Founded in 2017 by award-winning Wicklow pianist Fiachra Garvey, the West Wicklow Festival was established in order to promote the beautiful area of West Wicklow by staging an annual festival featuring some of the world’s premiere artists, with a healthy Irish offering.  The inaugural West Wicklow Festival featured 3 sold out concerts in the stunning Russborough House, one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in Ireland and the second edition in 2018 successfully doubled in size with twice as many concerts, a Family Concert and an innovative Music Trail. Guests are invited to enjoy the intricate beauty of Russborough House in addition to experiencing some of the world’s finest musicians in a beautiful, intimate and awe-inspiring setting.

To book your tickets for the 2019 West Wicklow Festival, please click here!