WEST Cork Music opens its autumn concert series with two eagerly-anticipated concerts in Bantry House in October.

Before they embark on a week of music workshops in County Cork schools, Ireland’s leading young string ensemble, the Callino Quartet, will perform a concert on Sunday October 14th at 8pm. The programme will feature Mozart’s Quartet No. 21 in D major, Ravel’s String Quartet in F major, Dvo?ák’s Cypresses and Janá?ek’s famous String Quartet ‘Kreuzer’.

The Callino Quartet were formed at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in 1999 and immediately felt a deep musical affinity.

Since then the Quartet has developed a busy international career and cultivated a wide ranging and eclectic repertoire.

The quartet’s first commercial CD of works by Ian Wilson has been followed by a recent recording of music by Arvo Pärt, Valentin Silvestrov, John Tavener and Alexander Knaifel for Louth Contemporary Music Society.

Winners of several international prizes and distinctions, the Quartet has studied intensively at the Musik Akademie in Basel, Switzerland.

In 2010 the Quartet were resident at the Banff Centre in Canada and gave their Carnegie Hall début at the invitation of the Kronos Quartet.

 

The Callino Quartet take their name from the Irish air ” Cailin cois tSuir a me” which means Girl by the River Suir. This song was the first Irish air to be notated in the late 16th century and became known as the Callino manuscript. It is now on display in Trinity College Library, Dublin.

 

A week later, on Sunday October 21st pianist Finghin Collins returns with Irish American soprano Ailin Itani for a performance which includes Schubert, Schumann and Brahms.

While Finghin Collins is a favourite with Bantry House audiences, Aileen Itani will be making her West Cork debut. Born in New York, she now lives in Copenhagen and was awarded the Annual Prize of the Danish Music Critic’s Association in 2009. She is a regular guest soloist with the Royal Danish Opera and the Danish National Opera and is especially active on the Danish contemporary music scene.

She recently gave the world premiere of a new song cycle by Peter Bruun, and is looking forward to a leading role in new opera by Andy Pape for Øresunds Operan in 2013.

 

One of Ireland’s finest musicians, Finghin Collins has performed throughout the world with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Northern Sinfonia and the Houston Symphony Orchestra.Finghin Collins was born in Dublin and studied with John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and with Dominique Merlet at the Geneva Conservatoire.

He established his international reputation by winning the 1999 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition. Since then he has performed with leading orchestras such as the Chicago, City of Birmingham and Houston Symphony . His recordings of Schumann’s piano music has received widespread acclaim including Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine in 2006. His most recent recording for Claves of works by Stanford with the RTE NSO has also been very well received, and was Editor’s Choice in May 2011.

 

Tickets for each of these concerts are €18, €10 students and are available from West Cork Music at 027 52788 or online at www.westcorkmusic.ie.

To avail of a discount of 10 per cent if booking both concerts, ring the West Cork Music office.

 

West Cork Music’s concert series is generously supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Cork County Council.