Finghin Collins


One of Ireland’s most successful musicians and significant musical ambassadors, Finghin Collins was born in Dublin in 1977 and, following initial lessons with his sister Mary, studied piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with John O’Conor and at the Geneva Conservatoire with Dominique Merlet.  His international career was launched by winning first prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland in 1999. He has performed in recital and with major orchestras throughout Europe and the United States, as well as in the Far East and Australia.

Engagements in 2020 included solo, chamber and concerto performances of Beethoven across Europe to mark the composer’s 250th anniversary, as well as his début with the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow, although most of these engagements had to be cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Since online activities resumed in Autumn 2020, Collins has performed throughout Ireland, in Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, Dublin, Belfast, Wexford Festival Opera and Cork.  He also had two very interesting collaborations with members of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, performing in the National Concert Hall Dublin and at Ardee Baroque Festival on a copy by Paul Poletti of a Walter fortepiano.

Finghin Collins also makes a significant contribution to the musical landscape of his native Ireland, where he resides.  Since 2013, he has been Artistic Director of Music for Galway, which was tasked with presenting the major classical programme of Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture. The centrepiece of that programme, the cello festival Cellissimo, was delivered successfully online in March 2021.

He is also the founding Artistic Director of the New Ross Piano Festival, which would have celebrated its 15th edition in 2020, as well as the founding co-Artistic Director of the International Master Course at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

In October 2017, the National University of Ireland conferred on him an honorary Degree of Doctor of Music.


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