The Midsummer Concert

The Midsummer Concert will be the culmination of our celebration of Colmcille 1500 with a residency at Saint Columb’s Hall. Tonight, the first ever winner of the St Columb’s Hall Concerto Award will perform a dazzling showpiece with Le Foyer des Artistes.
Not only that, but the concert will also feature two of the most extraordinary masterpieces of the romantic era: Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the most brilliant work of his prodigious youth, and Beethoven’s Second Symphony, a work of sheer inventive brilliance and fantasy, blazing with fiery energy.
The Midsummer Concert will be the culmination of our year-long residency at Saint Columb’s Hall in celebration of Colmcille.

Programme

Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 21 – Felix Mendelssohn

Concerto (to be decided after the Finalists’ Recital in February)

I N T E R V A L

Symphony 2 in D major, Op. 36 – Ludwig van Beethoven

 


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22 September 2022

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- Picture David Creedon / Anzenberger
Associate Pianist
Gary Beecher

We are pleased to announce Gary Beecher as Associate Artist with Le Foyer des Artistes and as official pianist for The Concerto Competition, Finalists’ Recital. One of Ireland’s most accomplished young pianists, Gary Beecher is from Cork and leads an extremely varied career as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist.

He has performed as concert soloist with RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Concert Orchestra. He has also appeared as soloist at the National Concert Hall and RDS in Dublin, University Concert Hall, Limerick, Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall in London.

In 2019, Gary had a string of success at international competitions, winning the Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Voice-Piano Competition in Paris and the Rudolf Jansen Pianist Prize at the 53rd International Vocal Competition Lied Duo in ‘S-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. In the same year he also won 2nd Pianist Prize at the prestigious International Helmut Deutsch Lied Competition in Vienna.

Gary was also a Fellow and staff accompanist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he completed his Master Degree, mentored by Julius Drake and Charles Owen. He is an alumnus of Cork School of Music, where he studied with Susana and Jan Čáp, Michael McHale and Gabriela Mayer. He is also a former pupil of Jacques Rouvier, Universität der Künste, Berlin, and John O’Conor, Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM).

In addition to his concert career, Gary teaches piano at the RIAM, and is coach and accompanist at both the Cork School of Music and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.