Gary Beecher & Sinéad O’Halloran
Bach Sonata for Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord in D major, BWV 1028
Beethoven Seven Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen”
Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor
Tchaikovsky Sentimental Waltz
Popper Hungarian Rhapsody op. 68
Gary Beecher has been hailed by the Belfast Telegraph as a “subtle, sophisticated player” with “a maturity of both technique and interpretive outlook’.
As winner of the ‘Irish Freemason’s Young Musician of the Year 2014’, he had his solo debut with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in 2015, performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, which was broadcast live on RTÉ Lyric FM.
Gary graduated as ‘Highest Placed Student’ and ‘Best Overall Student’ from the Bachelor of Music Degree CIT Cork School of Music, Ireland and studied with Susan Cáp, Jan Cáp and Dr. Gabriela Mayer. Throughout his studies, Gary also received regular masterclasses from Jacques Rouvier and Dr. John O’Conor.
Now based in London, Gary is an Artist Masters scholarship student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studies with Julius Drake and Charles Owen.
Gary is a multi-award winner of numerous competitions throughout Ireland and has given recitals in venues such as the National Concert Hall, the RDS Rising Stars Recital, University Concert Hall Limerick Rising Stars Recital Series, Milton Court London, Barbican Centre London (Pre-LSO Guildhall Artists Platform Series), and University of the Arts, Berlin.
A versatile pianist, Gary is highly sought after both as a song recitalist and chamber musician. He has performed at concert series and festivals such as the Kevin Barry Room NCH Series, Westport Chamber Music Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival Launch, Ortús Chamber Music Festival. Earlier this year, Gary was a winner of the Franz Schubert Institute Lieder Prize at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. This allowed him to study at the Franz Schubert Institute this summer with renowned artists such as Elly Ameling, Graham Johnson, Robert Holl and Helmut Deutsch. More recently, Gary was invited to the Brel Song Academy Festival in Toulouse to collaborate with soprano Amanda Roocroft and pianist Joseph Middleton.
Upcoming concerts include a solo engagement with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and Hilversum Festival Song Recital in Holland with soprano Lara Marie Müller.
Gary is very grateful for the support of the Guildhall School Trust and the Arts Council of Ireland.
24-year-old cellist Sinéad O’Halloran is quickly establishing herself as one of Ireland’s most exciting young musicians. Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Ortús Chamber Music Festival, Sinéad is passionate about bringing together Irish and international musicians for concerts, education work and audience development in the wider community.
She began her musical studies at the CIT Cork School of Music under the guidance of Joan Scannell and Christopher Marwood. At the age of 18 she was offered an Artistic Merit Scholarship to pursue a postgraduate Performer’s Diploma at SMU Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas in the classes of renowned cellists Andres Diaz and Christopher Adkins. She is currently a student of Gregor Horsch (Principal cellist of Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf.
An avid chamber musician, Sinéad has performed at IMS Open Chamber Music (Prussia Cove), the West Cork Chamber Music Festival (Ireland), the opening of the Bozar Season (Brussels) and the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. She has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions, both in Ireland and the USA. She has collaborated with musicians including Barry Douglas, the Vanbrugh String Quartet and Zoltán Fejérvári.
Sinéad is currently Principal Cellist of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO), with whom she has toured Europe, South America, the United Arab Emirates and the Caribbean. She has also performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Spira Mirabilis, Georgian Chamber Orchestra and the iPalpiti Orchestral Ensemble of International Laureates. She was recently selected by Maestro Ivan Fischer for the Budapest Festival Orchestra Apprenticeship Scheme. She regularly plays under some of the world’s most renowned conductors, including Bernard Haitink, Gianandrea Noseda, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jörg Widmann and Vasily Petrenko.
Recent international festival appearances include International Musician’s Seminar Prussia Cove (Cornwall, UK), Amsterdam Cello Biennale (the Netherlands), Banff Summer Arts Festival (Alberta, Canada), Clandeboye Festival (Northern Ireland), TCU CelloFest (Texas, USA) and Euro Music Festival (Halle, Germany).
Sinéad gratefully acknowledges support from the Arts Council of Ireland, Music Network and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.