2018-2019 Professional Concert Series
Finghin Collins

Washington Conservatory of Music presents


Mozart, Brahms and Schubert

Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 8 PM
Westmoreland Congregational
United Church of Christ
One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816
FREE (donations welcome) | directions

Since taking first prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Vevey, Switzerland in 1999, pianist Finghin Collins (pronounced Fineen) enjoys a flourishing career that embraces Ireland, Europe, the United States and Asia. He makes a major contribution to musical life in his native Ireland, as Artistic Director of the New Ross Piano Festival and Music for Galway and on the Board of Directors of the Dublin International Piano Competition.

Widely regarded as one of Ireland's finest classical musicians, Finghin Collins completed a fascinating project as the first ever Associate Artist of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin. As part of this three-year tenure, he performed the complete Mozart and Beethoven piano concertos with the orchestra, having directed most of them from the keyboard.

Finghin Collins made his début in the London Pianoforte Series at Wigmore Hall in London, and at the Aspen Music Festival in the USA and performed at Cully Classique and the Festival de Bellerive in Switzerland. He has appeared with Budapest Festival Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

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 has performed with leading orchestras such as the Chicago, London and Houston Symphony Orchestras and the Seoul, London, Rotterdam and Royal Philharmonic orchestras. He has collaborated with conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, Myung-Whun Chung, Hans Graf, Emmanuel Krivine, Sakari Oramo, Heinrich Schiff, Vassily Sinaisky, and Frans Bruggen.

His double CD recording (for the RTÉ lyric fm label) of Mozart piano concertos with the RTÉ NSO was released and reviewed in Gramaphone Magazine:

"It's clear that Finghin Collins delights in Mozart and the four concertos here are the fruits of his time as Associate Artist with the RTÉ National SO, which he directs from the keyboard. The works range widely in mood, from the relatively carefree K415 to the proto-Beethovenian K466, and Collins is alive to their different personalities and at pains to give each phrase apt contour and detail. " - Harriet Smith, Gramophone Magazine, September 2013


Audience members are invited to a post-concert Wine & Words in the church social hall – a fun and informal question and answer session with the artist, with complimentary beverages.

The Washington Conservatory is a nationally accredited community music school for students of all ages. The Conservatory presents a professional monthly concert series October through May at Westmoreland Church in Bethesda and other public concerts and events throughout the year at Glen Echo Park. The Conservatory welcomes both seasoned and novice classical concert-goers and encourages families to attend our concerts with their children. Back balcony seating at the Westmoreland Circle location is suggested for families with small children as a courtesy to other audience members and to allow for easy exit. Conservatory Concerts are funded by donations and presented free of charge to allow those of all ages and economic means to enjoy outstanding live classical music in the community. Thank you for your generosity and support.

Parking is on-street on Massachusetts and Western Avenues and in the parking lot of Westmoreland Congregational UCC church. As a courtesy, please refrain from parking in the neighborhood and blocking the driveways of our neighbors.

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