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Mairéad Hickey and Albert Cano Smit

Sunday 10th Febuary 2019, 3pm, St Brendan’s Church, Bantry
Admission €20, Under 16s €10

Mairéad Hickey [violin]
Albert Cano Smit [piano]

Mozart Violin Sonata in B flat K.378
Ysaÿe Poeme élégiaque in D minor Op.12 
Janáček Sonata for violin and piano

Beethoven Violin Sonata No.6 in A major Op.30/1
Schumann Romances Op.94
Henryk Wieniawski Polonaise brillante in A major Op.21


 

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About Mairéad Hickey

One of Ireland’s most accomplished violinists, Mairéad Hickey was NCH Irish Young Musician of the Year 2010 – 2012.  Apart from winning prizes at renowned Irish competitions, she won third prize as well as a Special Prize for the best interpretation of a virtuoso work at the 2016 International Louis Spohr Competition and first prize in the Jeunesses Musicales Violin Competition, Romania 2012.  In 2017 she was awarded a Special Prize in the Berliner International Music Competition and the Manhattan International Music Competition.  Performing regularly throughout Ireland, she has played with both the RTÉ National Concert and Symphony Orchestras.  She has performed in every major concert hall in Ireland and abroad in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, London, Beethoven-Haus, Bonn and Carnegie Hall, New York.

Born in 1996,  Mairéad began playing the violin at the age of three with Jyrki Pietila.  From 2003 to 2014 she studied with Adrian Petcu at the CIT Cork School of Music, Ireland and spent a year in France studying at the Conservatoire de Nantes with Constantin Serban.  She is now studying with Mihaela Martin at Kronberg Academy, sponsored by the Hilmar Kopper Stipendium.  She has taken masterclasses with musicians such as András Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Dora Schwarzberg, Vadim Repin, Mariana Sirbu, Ana Chumachenco, Vadim Gluzman, Yossi Zivoni, Mauricio Fuks, Gabor Takács-Nagy, Christoph Eschenbach, Marc Danel, Antje Weithaas, Zakhar Bron, and Ivry Gitlis among many others.

An enthusiastic chamber musician, Mairéad has been invited to perform numerous times in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, the Westport Festival of Chamber Music, the Clandeboye Music Festival, the Mantova chamber Music Festival, the Grachtenfestival and the Rolandseck Festival.  Mairéad participated in Chamber Music Connects the World 2016, Kronberg, where she performed with artists including Steven Isserlis and Christian Tetzlaff. She has also collaborated with artists including Barry Douglas, Tabea Zimmermann, Fazil Say, Marc Coppey, Mate Bekavac, Irena Grafenauer, Alexander Lonquich, Andreas Reiner, Pieter Wispelway, Michel Lethiec, Boris Berezovsky and the Vanbrugh Quartet. She often plays as a guest member of Kremerata Baltica.  Her love of chamber music led her to co-found the Ortús Chamber Music Festival in 2016 in her native Cork, of which she is Artistic Director.

Mairéad also plays traditional Irish music and has won eight world Irish fiddle titles. She has an instructional app ‘Irish Fiddler’ which is available on iTunes.

Mairéad currently plays a Giovanni Tononi violin, kindly loaned to her through the Beares International Violin Society.  She is supported by the Arts Council and the Music Network Music Capital Scheme, funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

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Photo Credit: Brid O'Donovan


About Albert Cano Smit

Albert Cano Smit21 year-old pianist Albert Cano Smit was awarded First Prize at the 2017 Walter W. Naumburg Piano Competition. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician across Europe and America, and has been praised for playing 'with the maturity of someone three times his age' (CBC Music), for his 'dazzling technical and emotional dexterity and musicianship' (DNA) and 'a superb musician has spoken' (Le Devoir).

The following season’s highlights include his recital debut at Carnegie Hall, appearances at the Wissembourg Festival, Rheingau Musik-Festival, a recital tour of Spain featuring the world premiere of Miquel Oliu’s preludes, further collaborations with Will Hagen across Germany and the US, collaborations with flutist Anthony Trionfo as well as his recital debuts at L’Auditori de Barcelona, Herbst Theatre in San Francisco,  Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, Bravo! Vail in Colorado and concerto debuts with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, OBC, and Las Vegas Philharmonic.

His recital appearances have taken him to such prestigious venues as the the Bozar’s Henry Le Boeuf Hall in Brussels, the Maison Symphonique in Montreal, the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, the Teatros del Canal in Madrid, the Palacio de Festivales in Santander, the Espai Ter in Torroella, amongst others. As a soloist he has performed with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, the Manchester Camerata, the Nottingham Youth Orchestra, and the American Youth Symphony.

In 2015, he gave a four-hand performance of the Schubert Fantasy with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet at Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, followed by repeat performance in 2017 at the Wallis Annenberg Center Hall in Beverly Hills. He has toured frequently with violinist Will Hagen and flutist Anthony Trionfo, and is a passionate chamber musician. He has collaborated with Andrej Bielow, Gary Hoffmann, the Cuarteto Casals, the Ebène Quartet, the Szymanowski Quartet, the Gerhard Quartet and Lev Sivkov.

Besides the Naumburg prize, Mr. Cano Smit was also a finalist of the Concours International de Montreal 2017 for piano and has been awarded multiple prizes. He won his first international piano competition at age 14 at the 2011 International Chopin Festival in Mazovia, Poland. Since then he has won first prize at numerous competitions including the 2015 International Piano Competition “Eugenia Verdet” in Barcelona, Spain; the 2014 Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Junior Intercollegiate Competition; and the Chopin Prize at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Currently, Mr. Cano Smit studies with Robert McDonald at the Juilliard School in New York. He is also under regular tutelage by Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and has benefited from major artistic advice by Ferenc Rados, Stephen Hough, Kevin Kenner, Ilya Itin, Christian Blackshaw, Sergei Babayan and Richard Goode. Previous teachers include Ory Shihor, Graham Caskie and Marta Karbownicka. He is an alumn of the Verbier Festival Academy.

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