One of the most significant musicians to emerge from Ireland in recent times, Finghin Collins was born in Dublin in 1977 and studied with John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and with Dominique Merlet at the Geneva Conservatoire. He established his international reputation by winning the 1999 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition. Since then he has performed with leading orchestras, such as the Chicago, Houston, City of Birmingham, and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras; the Seoul, London, Rotterdam, BBC, and Royal Philharmonic orchestras; the Budapest Festival Orchestra; the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Northern Sinfonia, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the Gulbenkian Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Myung-Whun Chung, Christoph Eschenbach, Emmanuel Krivine, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo, Heinrich Schiff, Vassily Sinaisky, and Leonard Slatkin. In 2013 he completed his three-year tenure as associate artist of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, in which he performed the complete Mozart and Beethoven piano concertos. His double CD recording for the RTÉ lyric fm label of four Mozart piano concertos, directed from the keyboard, with the RTÉ NSO was also released in May 2013.
In the 2014/15 season, he performed with the Philharmonie Zuidnederland, the Orchestra of the 18th Century, the RTÉ NSO, and made a last-minute debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. In 2015/16 he performed with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Finghin Collins has been artistic director of the New Ross Piano Festival since its inception in 2006 and has also been artist director of Music for Galway since 2013.
Be sure to hear Finghin’s 2017 Festival performances listed below
Sunday, August 13, 6pm
Tuesday, August 15, noon
Wednesday, August 16, noon
Wednesday, August 16, 6pm
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