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  • Westport Festival of Chamber Music
  • Westport Festival of Chamber Music
  • Westport Festival of Chamber Music
  • Westport Festival of Chamber Music
  • Westport Festival of Chamber Music
  • Westport Festival of Chamber Music
  • Westport Festival of Chamber Music
  • Westport Festival of Chamber Music
Dear friends,

We're delighted to present the first of our series of online offerings beginning with a musical message to our audiences all the way from Budapest. Maxim Rysanov (viola) and Dora Kokas (cello) were due to have performed in Westport this year but send their best from Hungary.

Dora is a prize-winner of several international competitions including most recent 1st prize at the ‘Hamburg-Debut’ International Competition, 2nd prize at the 23rd International Johannes Brahms Competition in 2016, two special prizes at the Pablo Casals International Cello Competition in Budapest 2014 September. In 2015 she received the Gundel Artist Prize and became a winner of the Junior Prima Prize later that year. In December 2014 she won the Liszt Academy Soloist Competition prize.

Maxim enjoys a busy career as a conductor as well as playing the viola. He is a recipient of various awards, including the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award and the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Award. He is also a prize-winner at the Geneva, Lionel Tertis and Valentino Bucchi competitions. 

We then move from the Danube to the Liffey to feature our next-generation artist, Dublin-based Antonia Huang. Born in Ireland in 2000, Antonia started piano at the age of five, studying with the Chinese Pianist Li Qi in China. After moving from Guangzhou, China back to Ireland in 2013, she studied first with Deirdre Doyle, and then with Hugh Tinney at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM). Antonia is a multiple prizewinner at the Feis Ceoil, having won the Senior Concerto (Harty) and Recital (Heneghan) cups amongst others, she was the winner of the Teissier Award of €7500 in RIAM in 2017.

To listen to Dora and Maxim click here, to listen to Antonia click here (Beethoven - ‘Tempest’ Piano Sonata no. 17 in d minor, first movement) and here (Ravel - La Valse).

We have more ‘things of interest’ to appear over the coming weeks - we’ll let you know. Furthermore, we have major plans in place for 2021 and some exciting new announcements to make. 

To conclude, I feel that I should make a note of the contribution and understanding of the Arts Council: they worked with us and made the spirit of our energy easier to deliver. 

 
Chris O'Malley
Festival Manager
Destination Westport Avolon
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