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Lunchtime Concert with The RTÉ ConTempo
Brahms – Two songs for Mezzosoprano, viola and piano, Op 91Schubert – Fischerweise D881
Des Fischersliebesglueck D933
Clara Schumann – Three Romances for viola and piano Elgar – Sea Slumber Song
Hamilton Harty – Sea Wrack
Bridge – Three songs for mezzo-soprano, viola and piano
- SHARON CARTY – MEZZO-SOPRANO
- ANDREEA BANCIU – VIOLA
- AILEEN CAHILL – PIANO
Mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty is an Irish singer who has firmly established a reputation as a respected interpreter of both early and contemporary works; alongside maintaining a busy schedule in mainstream opera and concert repertoire. Regularly praised for her musicality and intelligence, her integrity as an artist, as well as the warmth, clarity and agility of her voice; her opera repertoire includes many of the important lyric mezzo-soprano roles such as Hänsel, Ruggiero, Dorabella, Cherubino, Ariodante, Orfeo and Sesto. On the concert platform, her repertoire includes most of the major sacred works. This includes all of the major works by J.S.Bach, Messiah, Mozart’s Great Mass in c minor, in addition to a broad song repertoire and numerous chamber-music works. She is an Artistic Partner to Irish National Opera and a Creative Associate on the Arts Council pilot ‘Creative Schools’ scheme.
A native of County Sligo, Aileen Cahill is a pianist best known as a repetiteur and chamber musician. In 2007, she completed her Masters in Solo Piano under Dr John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. In 2011, she completed her Masters in Piano Accompaniment under Catherina Lemoni- O’Doherty at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. At this time, she was also awarded a Fellowship Diploma for vocal and instrumental accompaniment from the London College of Music. Aileen has won many prizes at Dublin, Sligo and Arklow Feiseanna, as well as at RIAM and DIT festival competitions for solo piano, concerto, vocal duo, instrumental duo, piano duet and organ. She has competed internationally on numerous occasions; most recently in Cantù, Taranto and Val Tidone, Italy. In the masterclass, Aileen has studied with esteemed teachers such as Christian Favre, Barry Douglas and Marie Francoise-Buquet. In the concerto, she has been a frequent soloist with ensembles such as Sligo Baroque Orchestra, Budweis Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech) and the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble.
Andreea Banciu is the violist/founder of the RTÉ Contempo Quartet, Galway Ensemble in Residence. She is a lecturer in viola at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and Chamber music visiting teacher at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. In 2016, she was awarded a degree of Doctor of Music, Honoris Causa, from National University of Ireland, Galway. Andreea has
won 14 International Prizes in Chamber Music Competitions (London, Munich, Berlin, Prague, Graz, Hamburg, Rome). She has performed over 1600 concerts around the world in 40 countries (in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Tel-Aviv Opera, Carnegie Hall, Gedai Tokyo and NCH).
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