Siobhán Doyle, Gary Beecher and Sinéad O'Halloran
CIT Cork School of Music
Thu 7 December 2017 - 8:00 pm
A trio of Ireland’s brightest young musical talents – Siobhán Doyle (violin), Sinéad O’Halloran (cello) and Gary Beecher (piano) – launch this year’s Ortús season with a scintillating programme featuring famous piano trios by Josef Hadyn and Johannes Brahms, plus a duo for violin and cello by Maurice Ravel dedicated to his recently deceased compatriot, Claude Debussy.
Haydn: Piano Trio No.39 in G major, “Gypsy”
Ravel: Duo for Violin and Cello
Brahms: Piano Trio No.1 in B major, Op.8
€20 (General admission) | €15 (Concessions | COS members)
€10 (COS concessionary members) | €5 (Students)
Dublin-born Siobhán Doyle began learning the violin at the age of four with Emma Montenon. After continuing with Maeve Broderick and Gillian Williams, she received a full scholarship to study with Leland Chen at the Royal Northern College of Music where she recently graduated with first class honours and was awarded the Roger Raphael Prize.
She has performed concertos with orchestras in Ireland and the UK and received masterclasses from some of the world’s most foremost violinists including Midori, Pavel Vernikov and Graf Mourja. Following a solo performance at the NCH, Siobhán was personally invited to give a concert for President McAleese and distinguished guests at the Áras an Uachtaráin. In 2010, Siobhan was awarded the ‘Alan Gillespie Ulster Bank Award’ for most promising young artist at the Clandeboye Festival and has since been invited back several times, performing chamber music with the International Artists including Andres Diaz, Erica Raum and Michel Lethiec.
Siobhán discovered her love of playing with others at an early age in many orchestras and ensembles, most notably from her time spent as leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland from 2009-2011. Chamber music took on a great importance during her time at the RNCM and was cultivated at many international festivals in Ireland, the UK and Sweden. As leader of the Ruzena Quartet, Siobhán had considerable success including a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and winning the Nossek Prize and John Barbirolli/Lawrence Turner Memorial Award. Also a member of the Benz String Quartet, further accolades include the Chamber Music Prize and the Hazel de Courcy Lewis Cup at the ESB Feis Ceoil and performances at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.
Currently a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, Siobhán was chosen to represent the orchestra on a Global Exchange programme to the Sphinx Organisation in Detroit. She has also worked with Manchester Camerata, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, the Ulster Orchestra and Camerata Ireland.
21-year-old Irish cellist Sinéad O’Halloran has been hailed as ‘..reminiscent of Jacqueline du Pré..’ (IRISH EXAMINER). She began her musical studies at the age of 6 at the CIT Cork School of Music under the guidance of Joan Scannell and Christopher Marwood. At the age of 18 she was offered an Artistic Merit Scholarship to pursue a postgraduate Performer’s Diploma at SMU Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas in the classes of renowned cellists Andres Diaz and Christopher Adkins. She is currently a student of Gregor Horsch (Principal cellist – Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) at the Robert Schumann Hochschule für Musik, Düsseldorf.
Sinéad’s passion for chamber music began at an early age, and her inspiration was sparked by the many summers spent at ConCorda and the Xenia Ensemble’s International Course for Young String Players in Pra Catinat, Italy. An avid chamber musician, Sinéad has performed at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. She has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions, both in Ireland and the US.
Sinéad began her orchestral training at the age of 8 and since then has acted as Principal Cellist of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, the CITCSM Symphony Orchestra and Meadows Symphony Orchestra (Dallas). She is currently a full member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, with whom she has toured Europe, Iceland and the United Arab Emirates. Sinéad was recently named to the roster of substitute musicians with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and has performed with Spira Mirabilis and the Dallas Pops Orchestra on numerous occasions.
Recent international festival appearances include International Musician’s Seminar Prussia Cove (Cornwall, UK), Banff Summer Arts Festival (Alberta, Canada), Euro Music Festival (Halle, Germany) and Clandeboye Music Festival (Northern Ireland).
Sinéad is kindly supported by the Arts Council and the Music Network Music Capital Scheme, funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
In conjunction with his BMUS studies in Cork, Gary studied as an external degree student under Dr. John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. Gary spent his third year of study on exchange at the Universitat der Kunste, Berlin, where he studied with M. Jacques Rouvier. Gary also holds an ATCL Diploma in Piano Performance from Trinity College London.
Winning the Irish Freemason’s Young Musician of the Year Competition in October 2014 is one of Gary’s most prominent achievements to date, along with being selected to represent Ireland in the Dublin International Piano Competition in May 2015 following his success in the Irish Preliminary Round in December 2014. In August 2015, Gary had his solo debut with the RTE Concert Orchestra in the National Concert Hall.
Gary has been an annual prizewinner of national competitions from a young age. In February 2015, Gary was awarded the most prestigious award in Feis Maitiu Cork, the Capuchin Order Perpetual Cup and Bursary. In Feis Ceoil Dublin in March 2014, Gary won the Mabel Swainson Senior Pianoforte Award, and was invited to perform in the National Concert Hall at the 2014 Feis Ceoil Gala Concert. As part of this distinguished award, he was awarded two solo recitals, in the John Field Room NCH and at the Clandeboye Estate Belfast, as part of the Clandeboye Festival directed by Barry Douglas. Both recitals were well received; “Beecher’s marshalling of the huge sonorities demanded by the piece [Liszt’s Dante sonata] bespoke a maturity of both technique and interpretive outlook rare in a 21-year-old player” (Belfast Telegraph)
Gary has complimented his studies with masterclasses from such distinguished pianists as Phillipe Cassard, Hilary Coates, Boris Petrushansky, Philip Martin, Mary Dullea, Anne Koscielny, Robert Andres, Pierre Goy, Flavio Zaccaria, Finghin Collins, Barry Douglas, Christopher Elton, Therese Fahy, Pavel Nersessian, and Ewa Poblocka. Gary has also received chamber music masterclasses from Dr. Gabriela Mayer (Head of Keyboard Studies, CSM), Miriam Fried, Imelda Drumm, Dearbhla Brosnan, Christopher Marwood and Adrian Petcu.
Solo recitals and performances include venues such as John Field Room NCH, the RDS, Anaverna House Louth, New Ross Piano Festival (launch), the Curtis Auditorium CSM, and Joseph Joachim Konzertsaal, UDK Berlin.
Gary is also an avid chamber musician and has performed chamber music recitals with duo partners Mairead Hickey (Violin) and Sinead O’Halloran (Cello) in the NCH, the RDS Rising Stars Concert Series, Curtis Auditorium CSM, Cork City Hall, Triskel Christchurch, and at the Westport Chamber Music Festival.