7 July 2022 @ 8.00pm – 10.00pm
Farmleigh House
Castleknock Music Festival

Presented by Castleknock Music Festival in association with Maestro Music Academy.
An evening of chamber music that spans the Atlantic, a Transatlantic Musical Journey.

The evening will feature music of Austrian composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; French composer, Jaques Ibert, and from across the Atlantic: Polish-American composer, Robert Muczynski, Italian-American composer, Luigi Zaninelli and African-American composer, Valerie Coleman. The music not only spans an ocean but it also spans musical history going back to Mozart beginning with the Divertimento No. 4 in B-flat Major, K. 439d (composed in 1783 and originally for three basset horns) and ending with the music of Valerie Coleman, Rubishperes (composed in 2012).

Phoenix Winds Trio:


Julie Maisel received her Doctor of Music and Master of Music in Music Performance from Florida State University, and her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. Since 2005 she has been a lecturer in flute performance at the Technological University Dublin’s Conservatory of Music and Drama. She facilitates the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland Audition Training Workshops and is the flute tutor with the Young Orchestral Pops. She has taught in Leeson Park School of Music, Walton’s New School of Music and Newpark Music Centre. Dr Maisel is a member of Kid’s Classics and has been involved with the Learn and Explore Programme through the National Concert Hall. She has served as adjudicator for the Yamaha Winds and Brass Scholarship Finals and for the Interschools Music Festival in Wesley College. She currently serves as the National Flute Associations International Liaison for Ireland and has had articles published in the following professional journals, Flute Talk and Flutist’s Quarterly.

Maisel, an active soloist and chamber musician, has presented numerous recitals throughout Dublin and Ireland. She has performed in the John Field Room of the National Concert Hall and with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the Pro Arte Orchestra, the Opera Theatre Company, the Irish Film Orchestra, the Dublin Sound Lab, and the Irish Baroque Orchestra. She has also performed in the 2013 and 2018 National Flute Conventions in the US. In 2018 Maisel released her debut CD, Flute Music of Luigi Zaninelli, which is available on her website: www.juliemaiselflute.com.

Clarinettist John Finucane, who has been Principal Clarinet with Ireland’s RTE National Symphony Orchestra since 1995, has also had an active career as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor in Ireland and abroad. Described by Gramophone magazine as ‘an outstanding virtuoso’, on the release of his CD “Clarinet Variations,” he has worked with the Ulysses Ensemble, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Opera North and Irish Film Orchestras. He has appeared regularly on radio and on television programmes, including RTE’s The Symphony Sessions and Britain’s The South Bank Show. He has a particular affinity to chamber music and has worked with many groups, including the Ysaye, the Navarra and the Vanbrugh Quartets.

John Finucane is also a conductor of note, having studied with Janus Furst and Albert Rosen amongst others, and has regularly conducted the highly regarded RTE Concert Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and Opera Theatre Company. He was one of the founders of the Dublin Chamber Orchestra and has been the Musical Director of the Hibernian Orchestra for nearly thirty years. Despite his hugely busy life as a performing artist and conductor, John has found the time to join the faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. His many tours have included China, as a soloist as well as with the National Chamber Ensemble of Ireland and Academy Chamber Ensemble performing to sell-out audiences. John recently finished conducting the music for a forthcoming film, Storm in the Stars – with music by Amelia Warner, arranged and orchestrated by Nathan Klein, and recorded in Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin. This follows conducting the music for a John Boorman film called “In My Country” in 2004. He is a D’Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist.

John Hearne began his musical education at a young age, with piano lessons from his father William Hearne, with whom he later also studied the recorder. Taking up the bassoon at the age of 11, he was taught by Michael Rogers in Dublin, before completing his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, with Graham Sheen and Meyrick Alexander, and at the Scuola Musicale di Milano, Italy, under Valentino Zucchiatti. Since returning to Dublin in 2001, John has worked as a freelance player with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTE Concert Orchestra, Irish National Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Opera Theatre Company, the Orchestra of St. Cecilia, Castleward Opera and various other ensembles. A keen chamber musician, John is a member of Cassiopeia Winds, Musici Ireland and the Ficino Ensemble. He teaches bassoon at TU Dublin Conservatoire and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.


Doors open 7.30pm; performance at 8pm. Tickets: €25

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