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Róisín Verity Walters, Paul Grennan & Fiachra Garvey

Violin / Cello / Piano

Wed Banner 11 Nov
Wed Banner 11 Nov
Date & Time
Friday 11th November 2022, 8pm
Russborough House
Ticket Info
€38 / €19 student concession (+ booking fee)
Róisín Verity Walters / violin
Paul Grennan / cello
Fiachra Garvey / piano
Schumann Fantasiestücke in A Minor, Op. 88 Amanda Feery The Grip (Ceiliúradh: Part 2, world premiere) Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 8 Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 in Eb Major, Op. 100 D. 929

The combined virtuosity and unbridled enthusiasm of these three world-class musicians promises to make the opening concert of our Winter Weekend 2022 one to remember!

Wicklow musicians Fiachra Garvey and Paul Grennan, and Dublin-born Róisín Walters, have each carved out impressive international performing careers, with prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Barbican, and Wigmore Hall regularly popping up on their collective performance schedules.

The trio’s suitably powerful programme starts with Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, a work that combines the elegance of 19th-century Vienna with the flamboyance of a composer at the apex of his chamber music writing. Speaking of composers at the top of their game, this concert will also include the world premiere of Amanda Feery’s The Grip, Part 2 of Ceiliúradh (Celebration), commissioned by the festival to celebrate the fantastic diversity of Irishness today.

Shostakovich wrote his Piano Trio No. 1 when he was just 16, yet it brims with all of the energy, rhythmic drive and wide-arching melodies that would become hallmarks of his mature compositions. "A Trio by Schubert passed across the musical world like some angry comet in the sky". So wrote Schumann of Schubert’s extraordinary Piano Trio No. 2. Grand in scale and heavenly in beauty, this is a masterpiece that pulsates with all the darkness and light of human passion.

Ceiliúradh is a two-part work funded by the Arts Council’s Commission Award, with additional support from Wicklow Arts Office. Part I by Sebastian Adams was premiered at the festival in May 2022.

[Fiachra Garvey] brings a deep and infectious enthusiasm, combined with insight and technical comfort.
Sunday Times

Irish violinist Róisín Verity Walters has been described as displaying “passion and ravishing tonal qualities” her playing “had a gorgeously honeyed, heart-melting quality” (Irish Times). She made her concerto debut at the age of twelve at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and since then has regularly appeared as soloist with many orchestras in a wide range of repertoire. Her performance of The Lark Ascending with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra was broadcast live on RTÉ Lyric fm, and her self-directed tour of America playing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the RIAM chamber orchestra culminated in performances at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Club in New York.

As a chamber musician, Róisín enjoys an exciting schedule of recordings and performances as first violinist of the Liverpool String Quartet. Their debut CD was featured as ‘CD of the week’ on Classic FM and they will soon be releasing their newest recording featuring Piazzolla’s Four Seasons. The quartet are very much looking forward to their upcoming tour of Ireland in November 2022. Róisín also holds the assistant Concertmaster chair with pioneering chamber orchestra Britten Sinfonia, with whom she has performed in many noteworthy venues from London’s Wigmore Hall to the Lincoln Centre in New York as well as regular performances at the BBC Proms.

A keen proponent of new music, Róisín has had several concertos written for her. She works regularly with specialist contemporary chamber orchestra the London Sinfonietta and has given many world and European premieres of works by composers including Steve Reich, Raymond Deane and Gerald Barry.

Róisín works regularly as a guest principal in orchestras throughout the UK. She has performed as guest Concertmaster with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, Manchester Camerata and Britten Sinfonia. Róisín is based in Cardiff, Wales where she works with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and enjoys learning the language and discovering the beautiful scenery of Wales. Her violin is a Van Hoof copy of the Kathleen Parlowe Del Gesu.

Irish cellist, Paul Grennan, spent his childhood roaming the fields and beaches of County Wicklow. After studying at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Aisling Drury Byrne he was accepted to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester following a personal reference from the world renowned cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. Whilst at the RNCM, Paul won the prestigious John Barbirolli Cello Prize, received second place in the Premio Francesco Geminiani in Verona whilst also winning full scholarships and an Education Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund.

Paul has given chamber music recitals throughout Europe and worked on a personal basis with composers such as Kurt Schwertsik, James MacMillan and Colin Matthews. He has also performed at the Wigmore Hall as a soloist and as part of Quartets in works by James MacMillan, Alexander Goehr and others.

Paul won a coveted place with the Halle Orchestra in 2015 but also freelances with orchestras throughout the UK and Ireland including the The BBC Philharmonic, RLPO, Irish Chamber Orchestra, RSNO, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Manchester Camerata and more. In 2021 Paul will was acting Principal Cello of Manchester Camerata for their tour to Hungary. He is currently on trial for Principal Cello with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

With a keen interest in contemporary music, Paul regularly performs with the renowned ensemble Psappha. He was lucky enough to complete a residency with the ensemble at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, which included many performances and also tutoring. Paul appears as part of The Vonnegut Collective on their debut CD performing Ades’ Piano Quartet and a commission by Tullis Rennie.

As well as a diverse career in classical music, Paul has toured America, Asia, and Australia with various Popular ensembles and bands. Amongst numerous engagements as a soloist, notable performances include The Stockhausen Festival and Minimalist Festival at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Greece, as well as performing as soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a production of Max Richter's Memoryhouse at the Barbican in London.

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.

Amanda Feery is a composer working with acoustic, electronic, and improvised music, having written for chamber and vocal ensembles, film, theatre, installation, and multimedia.

Graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Music in 2006, she continued her studies in Music and Media Technologies at Trinity College Dublin, completing an M.Phil in 2009. Amanda was the Mark Nelson Fellow in Music at Princeton University, completing her PhD in Music Composition in 2019. Her research focused on Kate Bush’s song suite, The Ninth Wave. Whilst in the US, she formed collaborative relationships with a number of ensembles and musicians including Alarm Will Sound, Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble Mise-en, Bearthoven, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and cellist Amanda Gookin. Closer to home, past collaborators include Crash Ensemble, RTÉ ConTempo Quartet, the National Symphony Orchestra, Bangers and Crash Percussion, Chamber Choir Ireland, Dublin Guitar Quartet, Paul Roe, Michelle O’Rourke, and Lina Andonovska.

Her work has featured at New Music Dublin, First Fortnight Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival, among others, and she has been composer-in-residence at Bang on a Can Summer Festival, SOUNDscape and Greywood Arts. Her 2019 residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais focused on recording piano improvisations on public pianos in Paris.

Recent projects include A Thing I Cannot Name, a 20-minute opera film commissioned by Irish National Opera, a score for Tadhg O’Sullivan’s film To the Moon, and the piece Longwave, commissioned by Cork International Choral Festival and Chamber Choir Ireland. Future projects include a work for orchestra, and a work for Dublin International Chamber Music Festival.