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September 2018

Artists › Michael McHale

Winner of the Terence Judd / Hallé Award in 2009, 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, the London Mozart Players, and all five of the major Irish orchestras, and performed at the Tanglewood Festival, Wigmore Hall, London, Berlin Konzerthaus, Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Lincoln Center, New York, Symphony Hall, Boston and Pesti Vigadó in Budapest.   2016/17 engagements include début concerto performances with the City of London Sinfonia and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Florida and a début concert at the Tokyo Spring Festival.

His critically acclaimed 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. More recent solo releases include Schubert: Four Impromptus on Ergodos, Miniatures and Modulations on Grand Piano, and a first orchestral album, Irish Piano Concertos, featuring works by John Field and Philip Hammond with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Courtney Lewis. His discography also includes releases on Delos, Nimbus Alliance, Champs Hill, Lorelt, Louth CMS and six duo recital albums on Chandos with clarinettist Michael Collins. Upcoming projects include a recording of Strauss’s ‘Burleske’ with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on Chandos.

Michael collaborates regularly with Sir James Galway, Michael Collins, Barry Douglas, Patricia Rozario, Dame Felicity Lott, the McGill/McHale Trio and Camerata Pacifica.

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