Music for Galway was established in 1981 when a group of people came together with the aim of providing audiences in the West of Ireland with a range of opportunities to listen to world class musicians. Since then the organisation has presented hundreds of inspiring and stimulating performances in Galway.
Welcome to CELLISSIMO, Music for Galway's season dedicated to the cello. Join us as we celebrate and showcase this fabulously versatile instrument with its extensive range, noble sound and curvaceous body! Starting with an eight-cello extravaganza in September, Galwegians can enjoy many of the different functions of the cello throughout the season - as soloist with orchestra (the fabulous German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Alan Buribayev), as guest artist with a string quartet (Raphaël Merlin of the Ebène Quartet with our own ConTempo Quartet), as solo artist (Leonard Elschenbroich in November), as solo artist with electronics (Matthew Barley in February and Kate Ellis in May), as duo partner with piano (Hungarian super-talent István Várdai with myself in March), as member of a piano trio (Guy Johnston with Hugh Tinney and Katherine Hunka).. it's an endlessly fascinating journey of discovery!
The Midwinter Festival in January focusses on two composers who towered over their respective centuries and whose contributions to the string quartet repertoire were immense - Joseph Haydn and Dimitri Shostakovich. Our Emily Anderson concert presents one of Europe's foremost Beethoven interpreters, the French pianist François-Frédéric Guy. We also look forward to welcoming Kilkenny Camerata, the Irish Baroque Orchestra and Galway's Collegium Choir. A feast for all the senses! Thanks to all our sponsors, Friends, co-promoters, partner venues and volunteers for coming on board to help bring the very best of music to Galway.
Finghin Collins, artistic director
Music for Galway Board of Directors
Anne Ó Maille, Chair
Enda Rohan, Vice Chair
Claire Cuddy, Treasurer
Delia Breathnach, Cyril Briscoe, James Browne, Isaac Burke, Mark Gantly, Claire McLaughlin, Ludmila Snigireva
Artistic Director: Finghin Collins
Executive Officer: Anna Lardi Fogarty
Music for Galway, St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s Road, Galway, Ireland
p: 00353 91 705962