The March CMC Salon features composer and pianist Simon Mawhinney

DSCF4329 copyThe new music::new Ireland salon series 2012 continues on 28 March at the Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert Hall with performances by Simon Mawhinney of a number of his own works alongside works by Ryan Molloy and Eduard Zatriqi.

Simon Mawhinney is a composer/performer from Co. Down. His work is regularly commissioned and performed by leading performers and ensembles throughout Europe. Most recently he has written several compositions for performers in Iceland, four of which were premiered in Reykjavik in June 2011. He has a particular interest in works of longer duration and a recording of the 45-minute Hunshigo (for violin and piano) was released by Altarus Records in 2009. In 2012 his most ambitious composition so far will be premiered in Belfast – a large-scale cycle of compositions for solo bass flute and computer. Simon Mawhinney’s repertoire as a pianist ranges from Elizabethan virginal music to the most contemporary works. In 2008–09 he celebrated Messiaen’s centenary with a series of performances of Vingt Regards, all of which received standing ovations.

Ryan Molloy is from Pomeroy in Co. Tyrone and is currently a PhD student in composition with Simon Mawhinney at Queen’s University, Belfast. He was a joint winner at the 2010 West Cork Composition Competition for his string quartet, Third Epistle to Timothy, and his work was performed at 2011 Wien Modern Festival.

Eduard Zatriqi received a first class BMus degree (2009) and MA with distinction (2010) from QUB and is currently studying for a PhD in Music Composition with Simon Mawhinney. He has written two chamber operas – Van Helsing: The Opera Exclamation Mark (2009) and The Monster in the Dark (2012) – which have been performed by the Belfast-based Spark Opera Company.

Admission is free for the new music::new Ireland salons but booking is strongly recommended. To book please contact the National Concert Hall on tel: 01 417 0000 or visit www.nch.ie. For further information on the Salon, contact Karen Hennessy, Promotion Manager, khennessy@cmc.ie.

new music::new Ireland salon

6pm – 7pm, 28 March 2012, FREE ADMISSION
Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin 2

Simon Mawhinney (piano)
Simon Mawhinney | Flux from Reflux
Eduard Zatriqi | Selections from Ten Pieces for Piano
Simon Mawhinney | Tirsogue (premiere)
Ryan Molloy | Sliabh Geal gCua

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