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Fiachra Garvey

Hello and thanks for visiting my website. I am a concert pianist currently based between Ireland and the UK. I graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2013 with 1st class Honours and Distinction in the MA in Music Performance, having studied under Hamish Milne. Before this I was awarded a 1st class Honours B.A. in Music Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in September 2011. My full biography is on the next page.

I started learning the piano at the age of 5 with Liz Leonard, at the Leeson Park School of Music in Dublin. The credit for my early introduction to music has to go to an old Jewish family friend called Mrs. Amreich, who had fled to Ireland with her family post World War II. She was one of the most cultured people I’ve ever met, and she encouraged my parents to make sure I received a musical education. She also gave me my first piano, an old upright which I still have at home to this day. Sadly Ms. Amreich is no longer with us but she is fondly and lovingly remembered. When I was 11 I moved to the Royal Irish Academy of Music to study with Thérèse Fahy with whom I studied with all the way through my BA degree. I also had a year’s study with Jacques Rouvier at the CNSMD Paris, and many lessons in Dublin with John O Conor.

Having grown up on a farm, animals have always been a massive part of my life. Before my BA Degree in Music I was in UCD studying veterinary medicine. I absolutely loved veterinary, but in my 2nd year realised that if I didn’t give music a proper go, then I would always regret it, so I went back to full time music. However I would love to finish veterinary someday, and in fact I’m determined to die a qualified vet as well as a recognised pianist!

When I am not performing or practising, I love nothing more than being out farming on the Wicklow Mountains busy with Cheviot and Suffolk sheep, suckler cows, horses, hens and Rex my sheepdog. I find this is a perfect balance and that it brings another dimension to my musical interpretation. I also love activities, in particular going on midnight swims in various lakes, seas and oceans around Ireland with some of my crazily beautiful friends.