Concert: Fionnuala Moynihan (piano)

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 13:00
Riverstown Hall

Dr. Fionnuala Moynihan will perform a selection of Impromptus composed by Schubert in 1827.  Both sets of Impromptus, op.90 and op.142, contain four masterworks for piano solo. Each piece is unique in its character, harmonic language and  pianistic style. Among the most famous of Schubert’s works for solo piano each work challenges the pianist both musically and technically and proves a rewarding journey for both performer and listener.
Fionnuala is giving two series of recitals based on the works of Schubert in this academic year. Between October and December she will perform the monumental works composed by Schubert in 1827. This series will include both sets of Impromptus, Winterreise and both Piano Trios. The series will take place in the beautiful Siamsa Tire theatre, Tralee. Her second series will take place in the prestigious Triskel Arts Centre, Cork: a series of five recitals titled ‘The Completed Piano Sonatas of Schubert’.


Dr. Fionnuala Moynihan became the first person to be awarded a Doctorate in Music Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Dublin City University in 2009. Fionnuala is widely acknowledged as one of Ireland’s leading pianists. She has a particular affinity with the works of baroque and classical composers. Fionnuala performed the Complete Piano Sonatas of Mozart in the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, in a series of five recitals which ran from February to June 2010. She is the only Irish pianist to have undertaken the formidable challenge of performing this cycle in its entirety in Ireland.  Since then Fionnuala has given three more series performing the complete piano sonatas of Haydn, Clementi and Mozart for the second time. Her fifth series will commence in January 2018, ‘Schubert: The Completed Piano Sonatas’ and will be held in the prestigious Triskel Arts Centre, Cork.

Fionnuala has given solo recitals and concerto performances throughout the UK, France, Holland, Italy, Israel, U.S.A, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Russia, Poland, Japan and Hungary. She won the John Field Prize at the 2009 Dublin International Piano Competition and was a featured artist on BBC Radio 4’s documentary on John Field’s life in April 2016. She has recorded numerous recitals and live performances for Lyric FM radio. Her debut CD ’The Ivory Lady’ was launched in January 2015. This CD is a classical-trad fusion CD and showcases Fionnuala’s love for both the classical and traditional music genres. Her most recent CD, ‘Melodies of Nations’ was released in June 2017 on the Hedone Label.