Hugh Tinney, piano

Born in Dublin in 1958, Hugh Tinney won first-prize in the 1983 Pozzoli Piano Competition in Italy and the 1984 Paloma O'Shea in Spain. He has since performed extensively throughout Europe, the US, South America and the Far East. A prize-winner in the 1987 Leeds Piano Competition, he later made his debut at the BBC Proms with the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the London Mozart Players and with conductors including Simon Rattle, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Jacek Kaspryk.

Hugh has performed major recitals including his 'Chopin Plus' and Schubert series at IMMA and in 1998, he completed a three-year project performing the Mozart piano concertos with the Orchestra of St. Cecilia. He has performed at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival with the Borodin, Tokyo, RTÉ Vanbrugh and Vogler Quartets, Steven Isserlis, John Finucane and John O'Conor. He has a keen interest in contemporary Irish music and has received commissions from Raymond Deane and Ian Wilson. In 2008, he took part in OTC's production (on two pianos) of Debussy's Pelleas and Melisande, and to mark his 50th birthday, he directed and performed at the RDS Chamber Music Weekend.

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