Join Patrick Rafter on violin and Michael McHale, pianist in concert at 4pm St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny on Sunday November 25th.
Tickets on sale at the door from 3.15 pm onwards: €15.00, €10.00 (concession), €5.00 (students & children).
Michael McHale – piano
Kilkenny born Patrick Rafter is regarded as one of Ireland’s most outstanding musicians. He has won several international awards and has performed extensively throughout Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East as concert violinist and chamber musician. He currently studies under Maxim Vengerov and Oleg Kaskiv at the International Menuhin Music Academy Switzerland. Patrick was awarded 1st prize at the 2016 Valiant International Violin Competition in Switzerland, and also 1st prize at the 2016 London Performing Arts Festival. Throughout the past years his debuts and performances have taken place in some of the worlds most prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall London, Berlin Konzerthaus, CCK Buenos Aires, the Arts Centre, Soeul and Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
Belfast-born Michael McHale has established himself as one of Ireland’s leading pianists and has developed a busy international career as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. He has performed as a soloist with the Minnesota, Hallé, Moscow Symphony and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and all five of the major Irish orchestras, and performed at the Tanglewood and Tokyo Spring Festivals, Wigmore Hall, London, Berlin Konzerthaus, Lincoln Center, New York, Symphony Hall, Boston and Pesti Vigadó in Budapest. Michael’s début solo album The Irish Piano was released in 2012 by RTÉ lyric fm and selected as ‘CD of the Week’ by the critic Norman Lebrecht. Upcoming releases include a recording of Strauss’s ‘Burleske’ with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on Chandos, and a recording of two new works by Cliff Eidelman with the London Symphony Orchestra.