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Born in Dublin Hugh Tinney first came to international recognition by winning first prize in two international competitions, the 1983 Pozzoli in Italy and the 1984 Paloma O’Shea in Spain.  Since then he has performed in more than 30 countries throughout Europe, the USA, South America and the Far East.  Festival engagements have taken him across the globe and he has broadcast in more than 15 countries.  A prize in the 1987 Leeds Piano Competition earned him a busy career in Great Britain, performing with many major orchestras there including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool, Royal Scottish, BBC Welsh, and conductors including Simon Rattle.

He has made a major contribution to Irish concert life for nearly 30 years, including multiple recital series (Chopin Plus, Schubert/Beethoven) and regular concertos with the main Irish orchestras.  He has collaborated with the Borodin, Tokyo, RTÉ Vanbrugh and Vogler Quartets, Ensemble Wien, Steven Isserlis, the Chieftains and the late Bernadette Greevy.  He has recorded solo, chamber and concerto repertoire for Decca, Naxos, RTÉ Lyric FM and several other CD labels.  His interest in contemporary Irish music has led to new works commissioned from Raymond Deane and Ian Wilson.

From 2000 to 2006 Hugh Tinney was Artistic Director of the Music in Great Irish Houses festival.  He has taught at the Royal Irish Academy of Music since 1995 and has been a jury member at several international piano competitions. He was awarded a two-year bursary in 2006 by the Arts Council of Ireland to work on contemporary music, and he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music by the National University of Ireland in 2007

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