Fiachra Garvey is a pianist currently based between London and Ireland. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2013 with 1st class Honours and Distinction in the Master of Arts Degree in Music Performance. This follows a 1st class Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in September 2011 and a 1st class Honours DipMus (performance and teaching) from the RIAM in 2008.
In May 2009, Fiachra was the top Irish prizewinner at the AXA Dublin International Piano Competition, being awarded the Brennan Prize and the McCullough bursary. Following his success in the AXA Dublin International Piano Competition, Fiachra represented Ireland at the first EU Piano Competition Prague, and on reaching the final, made his concerto debut with the Janáček Philharmonic, performing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. In June 2010, Fiachra received the Audience Prize at the 3rd Soirees-Concours Internationales de Piano a Collioure, France.
Awarded the “Rising Star” award by the National Concert Hall, Fiachra gave his debut main auditorium recital in the NCH in Jan 2011. March 2011 saw his debut concerto performance at the NCH, where he performed Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto with the RIAM Symphony Orchestra, to great acclaim. In May 2011, he performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the RTE Concert Orchestra at the NCH, under conductor John Wilson.
In 2009 Fiachra was awarded both the Morris Grant bursary and the Mabel Swainson Pianoforte Award at the Feis Ceoil. He was also the 2009 recipient of the Teissier pianoforte bursary donated by Maura Teissier at the RIAM.
In 2007/08 he took part in the Fullbright Commission’s Fusion Exchange Program, taking masterclasses in the USA and subsequently performing in Boston, Washington, New York and at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.
Fiachra was awarded 1st prize at the 2012 Jaques Samuel Competition, following which he has undertaken solo recitals at Wigmore Hall London and Fazioli Hall, Italy. Other recent recitals include performances of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1 with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and UCD Symphony Orchestra, a performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto at Dublin’s NCH and a series of solo and two piano recitals in Japan, duo recitals at St John’s Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields and the Brighton Festival, and piano trio recitals at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.
Fiachra’s debut CD under the Lyric FM label, For the Piano, was released in July 2012. The Sunday Times wrote of it: “…brings a deep and infectious enthusiasm, combined with insight and technical comfort.” Fiachra’s 2nd CD, Live from Wigmore Hall, was released in April 2014.
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