Biography

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Fiachra Garvey
2nd August 1987
Wicklow, Ireland
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Fiachra Garvey is a pianist currently based between London and Ireland.Fiachra graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2013 with 1st class Honours and Distinction in the Master of Arts Degree in Music Performance. This follows a 1st class Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in September 2011 and a 1st class Honours DipMus (performance and teaching) from the RIAM in 2008.In May 2009, Fiachra was the top Irish prizewinner at the AXA Dublin International Piano Competition, being awarded the Brennan Prize and the McCullough bursary. Following his success in the AXA Dublin International Piano Competition, Fiachra represented Ireland at the first EU Piano Competition Prague, and on reaching the final, made his concerto debut with the Janáček Philharmonic, performing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. In June 2010 Fiachra received the Audience Prize at the 3rd Soirees-Concours Internationales de Piano a Collioure, France.

Fiachra was also awarded the “Rising Star” award by the National Concert Hall, Fiachra gave his debut main auditorium recital in the NCH in Jan 2011. March 2011 saw Fiachra’s debut concerto performance at the National Concert Hall, where he performed Prokofiev’s 3rd piano concerto with the RIAM Symphony Orchestra, to great acclaim. In May 2011, Fiachra performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in blue with the RTE Concert Orchestra at the NCH, under conductor John Wilson.

In 2009 Fiachra was awarded both the Morris Grant bursary and the Mabel Swainson Pianoforte Award at the Feis Ceoil. He was also the 2009 recipient of the Teissier pianoforte bursary donated by Maura Teissier at the R.I.A.M.

In 2007/2008 Fiachra took part in the Fullbright Commission’s Fusion Exchange Program taking masterclasses in the USA and subsequently performing in boston, Washington, New York and at UNESCO headquarters Paris.

Fiachra was awarded 1st prize at the 2012 Jaques Samuel Competition following which he has undertaken solo recitals at Wigmore Hall London and Fazioli Hall, Italy.

Other recent recitals include performances of Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto no 1 with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and UCD Symphony Orchestra, a performance of Grieg’s piano concerto at the National Concert Hall, Dublin and a series of solo and two piano recitals in Japan, duo recitals at St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martin in the Fields, and the Brighton Festival; and piano trio recitals at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

Fiachra’s debut CD “For the Piano”, under the Lyric FM label, was released in July 2012:
“brings a deep and infectious enthusiasm, combined with insight and technical comfort.”
(Sunday Times)

Fiachra’s second cd live from Wigmore Hall was released in April 2014.

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
2013 – “Amhrán Mhuinse”, for chamber ensemble by Patrick Brennan.
2012 – “Saul and the Witch”, piano trio (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(TV), RTE Lyric FM, RTE Radio 1, 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.