Biography

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Fiachra Garvey
2nd August 1987
Wicklow, Ireland
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Fiachra Garvey graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2013 with 1st class honours and distinction in the MA in Music Performance. This follows a 1st class honours B.A. in Music Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2011 and a 1st class honours DipMus (performance and teaching) from the RIAM in 2008.

1st prizewinner at the 2012 Jaques Samuel Competition, London, Fiachra made his Fazioli Auditorium (Italy) and Wigmore Hall debuts in 2013. He has also been a prizewinner at AXA Dublin International Piano Competition (Brennan Prize and McCullough Bursary), EU Piano Competition Prague (concerto finalist), 3rd Soirees-Concours Internationales de Piano a Collioure, France (Audience award) and Feis Ceoil Dublin (Morris Grant Bursary and Mabel Swainson award). The National Concert Hall Dublin awarded Fiachra the “Rising Star” prize in 2011, which subsequently led to a series of concerto and solo debuts.

Concerto appearances include Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini with the Janáček Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra /Cambridge Symphony Orchestra / UCD Symphony Orchestra, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Grieg with the RTE Concert Orchestra, Prokofiev no 3 with the RIAM Symphony Orchestra and Grieg with the Hibernian Orchestra.

Recent highlights include the first solo recital at Google Dublin, a series of solo and two piano recitals in Japan, a tour of China performing solo, chamber music and giving masterclasses, as well as appearances at Spoleto Festival Italy, St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martin in the Fields, Brighton Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Wigmore Hall London and The Geneva Festival, Switzerland.

Upcoming major concerts include Poulenc’s double piano concerto with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, a residency at Snape Maltings Aldeburgh and the complete works by Beethoven and Bach for cello and piano in 2018 at the National Concert Hall.

Fiachra’s debut CD “For the Piano”, under the Lyric FM label, was released in 2012: “brings a deep and infectious enthusiasm, combined with insight and technical comfort.” (Sunday times). His second CD, a live performance from Wigmore Hall, was released in 2014.

Fiachra is the Founder and Artistic Director of the West Wicklow Festival, Ireland, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dublin International Piano Competition.

Qualifications
2013 – 1st class Honours with Distinction, MA in Piano Performance
(Royal Academy of Music, London).
2011 – 1st class Honours, BA in Piano Performance (Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin).
2007 – 1st class Honours, Diploma in Music Teaching and Performance (RIAM, Dublin).

University
September 2011 – June 2013: Royal Academy of Music, London.
September 2009 – June 2010: Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris.
September 2008 – June 2011: Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, Ireland.
September 2007 – June 2008: University College Dublin, Ireland.
September 2006 – June 2007: Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, Ireland.

Teachers
Hamish Milne, John O’Conor, Jacques Rouvier, Therese Fahy.

Selection of performances
Wigmore Hall London
Bridgewater Hall Manchester
St. John’s Smith Square London
West Cork Festival Ireland
New Ross Piano Festival Ireland
Philia Hall Tokyo, Japan
Mendelssohn’s House Berlin
Incontri Musicali Spoleto, Italy
St.John’s Waterloo London
Erin Arts Centre Isle of Man
Nostic Palace Prague, Czech
Anaverna House Louth Ireland
Leighton House London
Fazioli Hall Venice, Italy
Brighton Festival UK
St.Martin in the Fields London
National Concert Hall Dublin
Royal Dublin Society Ireland
Russborough House Ireland
Watergate Theatre Ireland
Villecroze Festival France
Boyle Arts Festival Ireland
Hatchlands Park Surrey, UK
St. Barrahanes Festival Ireland
Royal College of Physicians Ireland
Ostrava Hall Czech
UNESCO France

Concerto Appearances
Janacek Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra, Hibernian Orchestra, RIAM Symphony Orchestra.

Competitions/Awards
2012 Jaques Samuel Piano Competition, London (1st prize).
2011 Foundation Awards from the Royal Academy of Music, London.
2011 “Rising Star” Award from Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Ireland
2010 Audience Prize 3rd Soirées-Concours Internationales de Piano à Collioure, France
2009 EU Piano Competition Prague/Ostrava (Concerto Finalist).
2009 Winner – Teissier Pianoforte bursary – R.I.A.M.
2009 Dublin International Piano Competition (Brennan Prize and McCullough bursary awarded).
2009 Feis Ceoil, Dublin (Morris Grant bursary and Mabel Swainson Pianoforte Recital awarded).

Premieres

2017 - “Chant”, for clarinet, violin and piano (commissioned by the Ducasse Trio) by Charlotte Bray.
2013 – “Amhrán Mhuinse”, for chamber ensemble by Patrick Brennan.
2012 – “Saul and the Witch”, piano trio by Solfa Carlile (workshopped by Thomas Larcher).
2011 – Piano trio by Eduard Zatriqi (workshopped by Brett Dean).
2009 – “Long after sudden flash”, for solo piano by Seán Doherty.

Broadcasts / Recordings
RTE 1, RTE Lyric FM, RTE Radio 1, BBC 2, East Coast radio

First solo disc “For the Piano”, featuring works by Schumann, Debussy and Barber under RTE Lyric FM label.

Debut recital live at Wigmore Hall.

Fiachra would like to thank Charlotte and Eelco Van Solkema for kindly sponsoring the production of this website.