NCH Announces 2022 International Concert Series
The National Concert Hall has announced details of its new International Concert Series, which takes place between January and November 2022.
The 13 concerts will feature a range of international soloists and groups as well as Irish artists.
It opens on 20 January with pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason of the famous British musical family. She recently released her second solo album Summertime as well as Muse with her brother, the cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason. In her solo Dublin programme, she will perform Mozart Beethoven, Sofia Gubaidulina, Scriabin, Rachmaninov and Chopin.
In February, South African soprano Golda Schultz accompanied by Jonathan Ware will present a full programme of works by female composers including Clara Schumann, Nadia Boulanger, Rebecca Clarke, Emilie Mayer, and a new work ‘This be her Verse’ by South African pianist and composer Kathleen Tagg.
Celebrated pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard will make his NCH debut in March, with a programme including Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Mozart, Elliott Carter, CPE Bach, Beethoven and George Benjamin.
In April, Joyce DiDonato returns to Dublin with a new project titled Eden. Accompanied by Italian baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro under Maxim Emelyanychev, Eden is a theatrical and musical exploration of the majesty, might, and mystery of nature and the relationship we have to our environment. The show is directed by Marie Lambert-Le Bihan.
In June, the Irish Baroque Orchestra will joined by award-winning violinist and musical director Rachel Podger, whose recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons won her a BBC Music Magazine Award. She also received Gramophone Artist of the Year. Podger and the Orchestra will perform a complete programme of Bach with Claire Duff, Kinga Ujszászi, Malcolm Proud, Miriam Kaczor and Alex Bellamy.
The Hallé Orchestra under Delyana Lazarova return to Dublin in September with a programme of Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Guy Johnston performing British-Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova’s Cello Concerto. Pianist Philippe Cassard will celebrate his 60th birthday in September also with a concert that features Ailish Tynan, Finghin Collins, Fiachra Garvey, Katherine Hunka, Joachim Roewer, Christian Elliott and Malachy Robinson.
In October, the innovative Aurora Orchestra will make their Irish debut with a concert featuring Three Studies from Couperin by Thomas Adès, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G played by Tom Poster, and Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique played from memory. Poster will also give a recital with his wife, violinist Elena Urioste, in the Kevin Barry Room on 26 October, and the following day the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective will perform a programme featuring music by Antonín Dvorák, and, to mark Black History Month, rarely heard works by Florence Price, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and George Walker.
Finally, in November, the Chineke! Orchestra with pianist Jeneba Kanneh-Mason will also perform works by Price, Coleridge-Taylor and Walker on 13 November; the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir with founder and artistic director Tõnu Kaljuste will perform Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis on 16 November; and, to complete the season, on 28 November, the French Ébène Quartet will perform Ligeti and Purcell and also be joined by Finghin Collins to play Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34.
Commenting on the series, Robert Read, CEO of the National Concert Hall, said:
As the National Cultural Institution for music in Ireland, we are proud to once again be a position to welcome world-class visiting musicians to our stage and to showcase our own leading artists in a series that invites audiences to ‘rediscover’ and ‘reimagine’ the concert experience and what this series has to offer. The first International Series at the NCH to be presented in over a year, it celebrates musical excellence and diversity, ensuring accessibility and cultural equity both on and off stage.
Expanding musical horizons and encouraging engagement with music as a means of personal development, creative involvement and social inclusion is a key feature of our strategy for the organisation and it is my hope that this series demonstrates our commitment to that vision and to our ambition to be a world-class centre for music and a symbol of national pride for Irish people everywhere.
All concerts will be preceded by a pre-concert talk. Tickets from €15 are on sale on Friday 17 December at 10am (or Wednesday 15th December for NCH Friends, Season Friends and Patrons) from www.nch.ie. Download the season brochure below.