Finghin Collins

Finghin Collins

One of Ireland’s most successful musicians, Dubliner Finghin Collins was born in 1977 and studied piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with John O’Conor and at the Geneva Conservatoire with Dominique Merlet. He achieved major international success by taking first prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland in 1999. Since then he has developed a flourishing international career that takes him all over Europe, the United States and the Far East. He made his Australian début in July 2016, while in August 2017 he performed at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in New Mexico, USA.

He has performed with such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, garnering consistent praise from critics and public alike. From 2010 to 2013, Finghin Collins was the first Associate Artist of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, performing the complete Mozart and Beethoven piano concertos and the première of a new work by Deirdre Gribbin.

Over the past decade he has developed a close relationship with Claves Records in Switzerland, recording two double CDs of Schumann’s piano music which won numerous awards including Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice in 2006, and a CD recording of works for piano and orchestra by Charles V. Stanford with the RTÉ NSO / Kenneth Montgomery (Editor’s Choice, May 2011). In May 2013 RTÉ lyric fm launched his recording of four Mozart piano concertos directed from the keyboard with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.  A new solo Chopin CD has also been released in September 2017, a co-production between RTÉ lyric fm and Claves.

Finghin Collins is very active as a programmer, commissioner and concert presenter in Ireland, having been Artistic Director of the New Ross Piano Festival since its inception in 2006, and Artistic Director of Music for Galway since 2013. In addition, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Dublin International Piano Competition (2006 – 2015), a member of the Board of Directors of the National Concert Hall (2001 – 2006), Musician-in-Residence in South Dublin County Council (2005 – 2008) and Artist-in-Residence in Waterford Institute of Technology (2005 – 2009). For the 2017/18 season he has curated, together with violinist Gwendolyn Masin, a six-concert chamber music series at the Kevin Barry Recital Room at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. In October 2017 he was conferred with a  Degree of Doctor of Music, honoris causa, by the National University of Ireland.

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