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RTÉ LYRIC FM’s 20th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION featuring EVELYN GRANT’S WEEKEND DRIVE – LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Celebrate RTÉ Lyric FM’s 20th birthday in the company of some of Ireland’s finest young musicians, live from the Ballroom of Farmleigh House, when Evelyn Grant presents a concert featuring pianist Kevin Jansson performing Rachmaninov’s ‘Piano Sonata No. 2’, following which he will be joined by cellist Killian White to play Franck’s ‘Sonata in A for Piano and Cello’. Kevin is the recipient of many international awards, most recently first prize at the Jeune Chopin competition in Switzerland, while Killian is the winner of the 2018 RDS Music Bursary, the largest of its kind in Europe. In the second half of the concert, these brilliant young performers will be will be joined by their musical peers Mairéad Hickey (violin), Ed Creedon (viola) and Aura Stone (double bass) for a performance of Schubert’s ‘Piano Quintet in A ‘Trout’ (‘Die Forelle’)”.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BALLROOM DOORS WILL OPEN FOR AT 3.15PM AND THIS CONCERT WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON RTÉ LYRIC FM AT 4PM.
TICKET HOLDERS MUST BE SEATED BEFORE 4PM AND WILL NOT BE ADMITTED ONCE THE CONCERT STARTS.
Additionally, at 2pm, why not join the free Culture File Debate, in the Kitchen Cabinet Room at Farmleigh House, where Luke Clancy and a panel of guests will discuss how music in Ireland has changed in the two decades since the start of RTÉ Lyric FM in 1999. Has the landscape for musicians, ensembles, composers and producers and fans improved? Or are the same old struggles of a small island still be lived? How have shifts in technology impacted? Have we addressed the ageing audience problem? Has classical music become more part of everyday life, or less?
This event is supported by Precision Pianos, Ireland’s premiere piano showroom.
Kevin Jansson has six international first prizes to his name, on both piano and violin. In 2016 he was the youngest participant and joint-winner of the Prix Thierry Scherz at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad Festival in Switzerland. This led to the recording of his solo piano debut CD with the Swiss label Claves, including the premiere recording of Thierry Escaich’s Etudes Impressionnistes, which was released in 2017. He was awarded four other international first prizes at competitions in Germany, Serbia, and Italy, and most recently received the first prize at the Jeune Chopin Competition in Switzerland, which received patronage from the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw and the legendary pianist Martha Argerich.
Born in 2000, Killian White studied with Christopher Marwood at the Royal Irish Academy of Music until June 2018. He recently commenced a Bachelors degree at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin, under Frans Helmerson. Killian has won many prizes and awards and has performed as soloist with the Hibernian Orchestra, the Kaunas Symphony Orchestra, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, the New York Concerti Sinfonietta at Carnegie Hall and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Upcoming engagements include solo performances accompanied by RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra at the National Concert Hall, and a recital in London Courtesy of Irish Heritage.
Celebrate Lyric FM’s 20th birthday by joining with Kevin Jansson (piano), Killian White (cello) and others in a live broadcast on Evelyn Grant’s ‘Weekend Drive’ programme.
When: Saturday 27th April
Time: 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Where: Farmleigh Ballroom
Free Admission but ticket required. Tickets available from www.eventbrite.ie