Strings in the earth and air Catherine Leonard and Hugh Tinney

Strings in the earth and air with Catherine Leonard on violin and Hugh Tinney on pianoCatherine Leonard – violin Hugh Tinney – piano

Friday 13 November at 8pm

Sligo Methodist Church Wine Street Sligo
Admission: 20/17 concession

Student tickets 10 (door only)

Tickets from Hawk’s Well Theatre. Telephone: (071) 9161518
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Beethoven Violin Sonata in E flat major op. 12, no 3
Debussy Violin Sonata
Deirdre McKay Variation on a theme of Hamilton Harty
Beethoven Violin Sonata in G Major, op. 96 no 10

Catherine Leonard, “Ireland’s leading violinist” Irish Times – “is a conspicuously gifted player.” Santa Barbara News Press “Leonard has a dazzling energy and her commitment to each note is refreshingly undaunted by technical obstacles. The faster and the more dangerous the better.” The Strad Magazine
A Principal Artist for the California-based chamber ensemble, Camerata Pacifica, she works throughout the year with her esteemed colleagues, pianist Warren Jones, violist Richard O’Neill, oboist Nicholas Daniel and cellist Ani Aznavoorian. They perform an eclectic repertoire spanning the body of chamber music, ranging from solo sonatas to larger chamber works. An advocate of contemporary Irish composers, Catherine is a particular champion of the music of Ian Wilson, whose “Messenger” concerto was written for her. In 2008 she played the work with Camerata Pacifica in venues in America, Ireland and the UK, including the Library of Congress.
Catherine has an extremely busy international career both as soloist and chamber music player with some of our old friends, including Guy Johnston and Charles Owen. Since 2003 Catherine has played a Francesco Ruggieri violin made in Cremona in 1672. The instrument was purchased for Catherine’s use by a Cork-based syndicate.
Born in Dublin in 1958, Hugh Tinney first came to international recognition by winning first-prize in two international competitions, the 1983 Pozzoli in Italy and the 1984 Paloma O’Shea in Spain, and since then he has performed in more than 30 countries throughout Europe, the United States, South America and the Far East. His festival engagements have taken him to Belgium, the Czech Republic, Spain, Finland, France, Japan and the USA, and he has broadcast on radio or TV in more than 15 countries. One of the best loved and popular pianists in the country, Hugh has made a huge contribution to the musical life of this country.
He is a regular guest of major Irish Festivals and has played all the major piano concertos both in Ireland and abroad.

His interest in contemporary Irish music has led to new works commissioned from Raymond Deane and Ian Wilson; Wilson’s ‘Limena’ was premiered in 1999 in an 8-concert tour of Ireland with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He was recently awarded a 2-year bursary by the Arts Council of Ireland to research, perform and record Irish and international contemporary piano music in 2006 and 2007.

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Part sponsored by Pat and Mary Leigh Doyle

*Quotation from “Chamber Music” by James Joyce