Three brilliant performers combine for what promises to be an unforgettable festival opener.
Violinist Hyeyoon Park is celebrated for her “Technical brilliance… charmed by a unique natural sweetness in tone” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). The Huffington Post has described horn player Ben Goldscheider as a “musical Bear Grylls, fearlessly leaping through dangerous terrain.” Wicklow pianist Fiachra Garvey is one of Ireland’s leading concert pianists, much-loved by our festival audiences for his exuberant and virtuosic performances.
The trio’s programme includes Romantic duos for violin and piano by both Clara and Robert Schumann, a Sonata for horn and piano composed in 1955 by the American composer Edith Boroff, and an inventive Horn Trio by the acclaimed British composer Huw Watkins. The second part of the programme is dedicated to Brahms’ incomparably beautiful Horn Trio in E flat.
“Technical brilliance and rousing virtuoso fire, charmed by a unique natural sweetness in tone, free from sentimentality.”Süddeutsche Zeitung (on Hyeyoon Park)
“…it’s Goldscheider’s horn, golden and golorious, that properly takes the crown.”BBC Music Magazine
“…a deep and infectious enthusiasm, combined with insight and technical comfort.”Sunday Times (on Fiachra Garvey)
Hyeyoon Park is an artist of outstanding focus and virtuosity, combining effortlessly rich sonority with musical integrity. The youngest ever winner of the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 2009, she is in demand as both a soloist and chamber musician.
Forthcoming highlights this season include performances of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at the opening of the Night Serenades International Music Festival, Georgia and Paul Klee Centre, Bern. She performs with Stuttgart Philhamonic (Prokofiev 1), Johannesburg Philharmonic and KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic (Shostakovich 1). In recital, Hyeyoon appears at Snape Summer Festival, Spotlight Chamber, Villa Pappendorf, Gran Canaria and at Piano Musée Wurth. Chamber projects include European touring with her long-standing Piano Quartet colleagues - Kian Soltani, Timothy Ridout and Benjamin Grosvenor including at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Laeiszhalle, Hamburg.
Recent engagements include critically-acclaimed performances with both the Hallé Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia alongside Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Benjamin Grosvenor in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto of which The Guardian wrote: “Thematic material…was most expressively phrased: Kanneh-Mason and Park were well matched in sweetness of tone”, Orchester Mainz, Poznan Philharmonic, Hitzacker Festival, Cologne Philharmonie, Zuger Sinfonietta, IMUKO Festival, Iasi Philharmonic at the Classix Festival (Vivaldi’s Four Seasons).
Her debut digital release on Decca Classics in 2022 to mark Vaughan Williams’ 150th anniversary featured the ever-popular Lark Ascending in its original scoring for violin and piano, alongside pianist Benjamin Grosvenor which was praised for its ‘soaring beauty with an almost conversational intimacy’ (Record Review, BBC Radio 3).
Hyeyoon studied at the junior colleges of the Korean National University of Arts and University of Cincinnati with Professor Piotr Milewski. She also studied with Professor Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin and with Christian Tetzlaff as a Young Soloist at the Kronberg Academy, where she completed her Master’s degree in 2016 which was kindly supported by the Nikolas Gruber Stipendium. Hyeyoon plays a violin made by German violin-maker, Stefan-Peter Greiner.
Nominated by the Barbican as an ECHO Rising Star for the 2021/22 season, Ben Goldscheider has given recitals at major concert halls across Europe including at the Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Pierre Boulez Saal, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Köln Philharmonie and Wigmore Hall, amongst others.
Ben has performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo and made his BBC Proms concerto debut in 2022 performing the Ethel Smyth Concerto for Horn and Violin with Elena Urioste and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kazuki Yamada. Ben has also appeared as a soloist with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Ulster Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, Lucerne Symphony, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Manchester Camerata, Prague Philharmonia and Sinfonie Orchester Berlin.
In the 2023/24 season, Ben will premiere multiple new commissions for horn including concerti, solo and chamber works. Highlights include debuts and the world premiere performances of Gavin Higgins’ Horn Concerto with BBC National Orchestra of Wales in collaboration with Philharmonie Zuidnederland and the London Chamber Orchestra in addition to Huw Watkins’ Horn Concerto premiering with Britten Sinfonia in collaboration with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen at the Köln Philharmonie. In recital, Ben will make his Lucerne Festival debut including a new commission for natural horn and keyboards by Sara Cubarsi, his debut at the Purcell Room (Southbank Centre) featuring horn, electronics and live lighting design with commissions by Zoe Martlew and Mark Simpson and two appearances at the Wigmore Hall, London. Ben will also commission new works by Nicola Lefanu (Lammermuir Festival), Victoria Kelly & Georgina Palmer (At World’s Edge Festival, New Zealand), Matthew Peterson and Joseph Phibbs (Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival).
His recordings include Legacy: A Tribute to Dennis Brain on Three Worlds Records with newly commissioned pieces by Huw Watkins and Roxanna Panufnik and a solo concerto recording with the Philharmonia Orchestra featuring the works of Arnold, Schoenberg and Gipps conducted by Lee Reynolds. Ben also recorded the solo horn call from Wagner’s Siegfried with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
Ben is a member of the Boulez Ensemble and principal horn of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. He was a prize-winner at the 2019 YCAT International Auditions and a BBC Young Musician Concerto Finalist in 2016.
Born in London, in 2020 Ben completed his studies with honours at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin with Radek Baborák. In 2023, Ben was appointed Artist in Association at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
Wicklow-born pianist Fiachra Garvey is possessed of a maturity and profound understanding of his art, which when combined with his infectious enthusiasm for music-making, has already captivated audiences in concert halls across Europe and beyond.
First prizewinner at the 2012 Jaques Samuel Competition, London, Fiachra Garvey, ARAM, has performed in venues from the Fazioli Auditorium in Italy to London’s Wigmore Hall. He has also been a prizewinner at AXA Dublin International Piano Competition (Brennan Prize and McCullough Bursary), EU Piano Competition Prague (concerto finalist), and 3rd Soirees-Concours Internationales de Piano a Collioure, France (Audience 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.Fiachra’s concerto appearances include Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Janáček Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky and Poulenc with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Grieg with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Prokofiev No. 3 with the RIAM Symphony Orchestra and Grieg with the Hibernian Orchestra, working with eminent conductors including John Wilson, Duncan Ward, Theodore Kuchar, Stephen Bell and Mihhail Gerts.
Recent highlights include the first classical recital at Google Dublin, a series of solo and two-piano recitals in Japan, a tour of China during which Fiachra gave masterclasses at the Beijing Conservatory of Music, as well as appearances at Spoleto Festival Italy, Wexford Opera, Brighton Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and The Geneva Festival, Switzerland.
Fiachra’s debut CD For the Piano, on the RTÉ lyric FM label “brings a deep and infectious enthusiasm, combined with insight and technical comfort.” (Sunday Times). His second CD is a live performance from Wigmore Hall. Fiachra is the Founder and Artistic Director of the West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival and Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Classical Vauxhall.
He is hugely grateful for the support he has received from the Arts Council (Professional Development Award 2020) and the Wicklow Arts Office (Artist Award Scheme 2020).
When not performing, Fiachra loves nothing more than returning home to help on the family farm with the yearly lambing, dipping, shearing, harvesting and all the other elegant and refined activities on the farm! Fiachra feels this makes him a more inspired and fulfilled musician.