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HP Building, Ballybrit Business Park 8pm
Tuesday 24 March

Tickets: €18/ MFG Friends and Concessions: €14 / Students (full time): €6 Book here

BEETHOVEN Sonata in A major Op. 69
BRAHMS Sonata in E minor Op. 38
DE FALLA Suite Populaire Espagnole

Virtuoso Hungarian cellist István Várdai is rising to the top of a very crowded cello scene in Europe. He joins forces with Music for Galway’s dynamic Artistic Director Finghin Collins for a recital in HP’s beautiful new premises in Ballybrit on Tuesday 24 March at 8pm. Continuing the season’s focus on the cello, this recital features classics of the cello/piano repertoire by Beethoven, Brahms, De Falla and Shostakovich.

The concert is taking place in an unusual venue, the brand new HP Building in Ballybrit Business Park. Mark Gantly, Managing director at HP Galway is delighted to host the event, which coincides with the move into these wonderful new premises built by MJ Conroy.

István Várdai returns to Galway after performing the memorable closing concert of last year’s season as part of the Serfino Quartet. The 29 year old Hungarian cellist was honoured with several prestigious international prizes. Since his debut concert in 1997 in The Hague, he has performed in New York, London, Paris, Prague, Vienna, Frankfurt, Munich, Geneva, Dublin, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Florence, Tokyo, Kobe, Beijing with great success. In 2010 he made his debut, among others, in Carnegie Hall and the Wiener Konzerthaus and performed with Gidon Kremer, András Schiff and Yuri Bashmet in the frame of „Chamber Music Connects the World 2010” at the Kronberg Academy. In 2011 his engagements included performances with the Suisse Romande Orchestra. His first CD containing pieces of Janáček, Prokofiev and the Elgar cello concerto was released in 2009 by Ysaye Records. In 2010 he recorded the cello concerto of Johann Baptist Vanhal. On his recent CD released by he Hännsler label in 2013 he plays works by Mendelssohn, Martinu, Paganini, Beethoven and Popper.

Concert pianist and artistic director of Music for Galway and New Ross Piano Festival, Finghin Collins established his international reputation by winning the 1999 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition. Since then he has performed with leading orchestras such as the Chicago, Houston, City of Birmingham and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, the Seoul, London, Rotterdam, BBC and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Northern Sinfonia, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Gulbenkian Orchestra. In 2013 he completed his three-year tenure as Associate Artist of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, rounding off his cycle of the complete Mozart and Beethoven piano concertos. His double CD recording for the RTÉ lyric fm label of four Mozart piano concertos directed from the keyboard with the RTÉ NSO was also released in May 2013. Collins has also recorded two double CD recordings of Schumann’s solo piano, and works by C.V. Stanford with the RTÉ NSO / Kenneth Montgomery for Claves Records all released to great acclaim including Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine. In June 2013 he made his début in the London Pianoforte Series at the Wigmore Hall in London. 2014/15 engagements include a tour with the Philharmonie Zuidnederland / Mark Wigglesworth and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century / Kenneth Montgomery, a return to the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra / Alan Buribayev, as well as solo recitals, chamber music and Lieder recitals in many venues and festivals in Ireland and around Europe.  

Grab this chance to hear two outstanding talents and take a peek into HP’s new premises! 

Tickets: €18/ MFG Friends and Concessions: €14 / Students (full time): €6 Book here




The Lavender Cello
Look out for our giant lavender cello , nicknamed the “Neachtivarius”, commissioned by Tigh Neachtain, crafted by Tommy Lennon.. .this will stand outside Neachtain’s for the entire week of the season launch and wil reappear at various times throughout the season.

Music for Galway is sponsored by the Arts Council and Galway City Council, and also thanks its many partners, corporate sponsors, Diamond Patrons and other Patrons and Friends.

Music for Galway
St. Mary's College
St. Mary's Road
Phone: 00353 91 705962
Email: info@musicforgalway.ie


Istvan Vardai performing on March 24th with Finghin Collins.

Finghin Collins

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The Neachtivarius outside Tigh Neachtains as seen from Artisan Restaurant

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