“brings a deep and infectious enthusiasm, combined with insight and technical comfort.” (Sunday times).
1st prize-winner of the 2012 Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition and former NCH Rising Star, Fiachra Garvey ARAM, grew up on Móin Bhán in the Wicklow mountains. He spent his early childhood being the understudy to the family sheep dog Rex (who had lofty ambitions for early retirement) and playing the piano! Other pastimes included swimming in the Blessington lakes and staging plays in the attic with his sister and cohort of friends. Since those more playful days, Fiachra has obtained his Dip Mus, BA and MA degrees from the Royal Academy of Music London, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and received prizes at many international competitions including Dublin AXA, EU Prague and Collioure, France.
Concerto appearances include the Janáček Philharmonic, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, UCD Symphony Orchestra, RIAM Symphony Orchestra and the Hibernian Orchestra working with eminent conductors John Wilson, Theodore Kuchar, Stephen Bell and Duncan Ward to name a few. Fiachra has recorded and broadcast for BBC and RTÉ television and radio and has released two solo albums, “For the Piano (RTE Lyric fm label) and a Live from Wigmore Hall disc.
Particularly memorable appearances for Fiachra include Wigmore Hall, Fazioli Hall, National Concert Hall Dublin, St Magnus Festival Orkney, West Cork Festival, Brighton Festival, Spoleto Festival, GOOGLE, Geneva Festival, Wexford Opera, Philia Hall Japan and Zhejiang Concert Hall China.
As a keen entrepreneur Fiachra is the Founder and Artistic Director of the West Wicklow Festival, a feast of chamber music held in his dream house! Chamber music is one of the most important aspects of Fiachra’s professional life. He loves to play solo piano but as an insurance policy against isolation he’s always engaged in exciting collaborative projects. Since 2019 Fiachra has been appointed Artistic Director of the inaugural Vauxhall One Concert Series. Fiachra is also a board member of the Dublin International Piano Competition.
Nowadays based between London and Ireland the farm activities require particularly diligent scheduling. Fiachra returns home to help with the yearly lambing, dipping, shearing, harvesting and all the other elegant and refined activities on the farm! Fiachra feels this makes him a more inspired and fulfilled musician. Current pastimes include training for marathons, going to see plays at the Puppet Theatre Barge and engaging in lively debates at the Chelsea Arts Club!
“As we grow older and realize more clearly the limitations of human happiness, we come to see that the only real and abiding pleasure in life is to give pleasure to other people.” P.G. Wodehouse
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).
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.
Hamish Milne, John O’Conor, Jacques Rouvier, Therese Fahy.
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
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
Janacek Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra, Hibernian Orchestra, RIAM Symphony Orchestra.
Competitions/Awards2021 Elected a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians
2018 Elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music London (ARAM)
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).
2021 – “The Finite Air” (commissioned by West Wicklow Festival) by Linda Buckley
2020 – “Frame Story” (commissioned by Music Network) by Amanda Feery
2019 – “For piano and gun sounds” (commissioned by West Wicklow Festival) by Sam Perkin
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, BBC Radio 3, East Coast FM
First solo disc “For the Piano”, featuring works by Schumann, Debussy and Barber under RTE Lyric FM label.
Debut recital live at Wigmore Hall.