Dr. Fionnuala Moynihan is widely acknowledged as one of Ireland’s leading pianists. She has a particular affinity with the works of baroque, classical and early romantic composers. In 2010 Fionnuala performed the Complete Piano Sonatas of Mozart in the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, in a series of five recitals. She was the first pianist to undertake the formidable challenge of performing this cycle in its entirety in Ireland. Since then, Fionnuala has performed six complete piano sonata series performing the complete cycles by Mozart, Haydn, Clementi and Schubert.
Fionnuala has given solo recitals and concerto performances throughout the UK, France, Holland, Italy, Israel, U.S.A, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Russia, Poland, Japan, Holland and Hungary as well as extensively and regularly in Ireland. Fionnuala was invited by the University of Warsaw and the Irish Embassy in Warsaw in November 2010 to give a recital of works by John Field and a lecture recital exploring the link between Chopin and Field to commemorate the bicentenary of the composer’s birth in November 2010. In September 2011 she gave a recital of his works in the Glinka Museum of Musical Culture, Moscow, Russia, a special occasion as it is the city where Field both spent a great deal of his life and is buried. In November 2018 Fionnuala was invited back to Moscow to give a recital of works by Tchaikovsky to mark his 125th anniversary. This concert, streamed live on YouTube, was an enormous success and took place in Moscow’s largest Catholic Cathedral.
Fionnuala is an active chamber musician and has recently performed with such celebrated artists as sopranos Daniele De Niese and Deirdre Moynihan, the Contempo Quartet, oboists Sanja Romic and Ciara Glasheen-Artem, violinists Mia Cooper, Helena Wood and Sarah Sew, tenor Gavan Ring, cellists Ailbhe McDonagh and Aoife Nic Athlaoich and flautist Kieran Moynihan.
In 2009 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. Fionnuala began her piano studies at the Cork School of Music, received her Honours Bachelor of Music degree from the Birmingham Conservatoire where she graduated with the Graduate award for pianists and the prestigious Weingarten scholarship enabling her to commence her studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest (2001-2004). Fionnuala also studied at the Paris Conservatoire from 1999-2000.
Fionnuala has been awarded many prizes both at home and abroad including a Bank of Ireland Millennium Scholarship, the prestigious Maura Teissier Bursary and the Rena Menasche Award from the Tel-Hai Piano Masterclass series held in Israel. She was awarded the John Field Prize at the 2009 AXA Dublin International Piano Competition. In July 2014 she gave a Summer concert tour in Japan with five of her brothers and sisters. Their fusion of both the classical and traditional genres has earned them praise both at home and internationally.
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. In April 2016 she recorded a recital of sonatas by Muzio Clementi for The Lyric Concert on RTE Lyric FM Radio. Her latest CD, ‘Melodies of Nations’, was released on the Hedone Label in June 2017. She represented Ireland in the Embassy Festival in The Hague in September 2018.
Fionnuala has been performing and researching the music of Clara Schumann and gave a solo recital of her works at the 2019 Kilkenny Arts Festival and The Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin. She also gave a lecture-recital for the Gresham College of Music in Mercers Hall, London in January 2020. Recent engagements have included: A concert series at Triskel Arts Centre ‘Bach to Einaudi’ curated by Fionnuala, solo performances at Sligo International Chamber Music Festival by kind invitation from the Vogler Quartet, solo performances at the 2022 Dublin International Chamber Music Festival.
Future engagements include a 40th celebration concert for Barrahane Music Festival in Castletownshend and performances in Castletown House, Malahide Castle, Triskel Arts Centre, and the Hugh Lane Gallery.
Fionnuala holds a permanent position at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth as Tutor in Keyboard.
For her concert at Farmleigh, Fionnuala’s programme includes the following works:
The Seasons – Tchaikovsky
Aria Variata in A minor – Bach
Reverie – Einaudi
Nuvole Bianche – Einaudi
Doors open at 19:30; Performance at 20:00. Tickets: €17 (including booking fee)
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Manchán Magan is a writer and travel documentary-maker who has won the Screen Directors Guild’s Outstanding Achievement Award for the scores of television documentaries he has presented, written and produced on issues of world culture for TG4, RTÉ, History Channel & Travel Channel. His bilingual plays have been nominated for Irish Times Theatre Awards and he won the Walter Macken Taibhdhearc Drama award in 2014, and the Stewart Parker Irish Language Theatre Award in 2009. He has received commissions to write plays from The Abbey Theatre, BBC and Project Art Centre, and had his two latest bilingual theatrical installations (Gaeilge Tamagotchi, Arán & Im) brought on a nationwide tour by the Abbey Theatre. He writes regularly for The Irish Times, and presents The Almanac of Ireland series for RTÉ Radio 1. His best-selling book Thirty-Two Words For Field explores the insights the Irish language offers into the landscape, psyche and heritage of Ireland, and his illustrated book, Tree Dogs, Banshee Fingers and Other Irish Words for Nature (Oct 2021) presents Irish words for the natural world. His talk at Farmleigh, on ‘What can Irish teach us about ecology, our psyche and the Other World?’, should prove to be both extremely entertaining and informatively insightful.
Doors open at 2.30pm; Talk commences at 3pm. Tickets: €6 (including booking fee)