Don’t miss Fiacra’s outstanding Romantic programme: it beautifully opens up Clerkenwell International Music Series’s Autumn recitals. From Brahms’s wistful, lyrical variations op 21 no. 1 we travel through two inspired nocturnes by Field, then into Chopin’s late opus, with two of his masterpieces: the poetic Barcarole and the grand Polonaise Op. 53. The journey culminates into the tragic domain of Rachmaninov’s first piano sonata, which was inspired by the character of Faust.

  1. Brahms, Variations Op. 21 No. 1
  2. Field, 2 Nocturnes
  3. Chopin Barcarolle Op. 60 and Polonaise Op. 53
  4. Rachmaninov, Sonata No. 1 Op. 28

Fiachra Garvey, piano

Fiachra Garvey graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2013 with 1st class honours and distinction in the MA in Music Performance.

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.

Concerto appearances include the Janáček Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra, RIAM Symphony Orchestra, Hibernian Orchestra and UCD Symphony Orchestra.

Recent recitals include Google Dublin, Spoleto Italy, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Petworth Festival, Brighton Festival, Geneva Festival Switzerland, West Cork Music and a series of solo and two piano recitals in Japan.

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 (commences May 2017), and is on the Board of Directors of the Dublin International Piano Competition.