Eoin Fleming, winner of the Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Award. Fleming is a sixth-year student at St MacDara’s Community College, Templeogue, Dublin

Eoin Fleming (17) a sixth- year student at St MacDara’s Community College, Templeogue, has won the 2015 Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Award, Irela(...)

HJ Lim: gives the impression that, musically speaking, punctuation and cadence are of little concern to her

Korean pianist HJ Lim created quite a stir three years ago. She arrived on the recording scene in spectacular style in her mid-20s. EMI Classics to(...)

Beethoven and his Missa solemnis, an oil painting by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1819

I had not previously come across the observation of Schopenhauer: “talent hits a target that no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can(...)

John Cage was happy to write in a letter of recommendation that Christian Wolff (above) ‘is not known as a student of mine for the reason that I learned more from him than he from me’

Heineken may not be brewed in Dundalk, but one of its most famous advertising slogans – about refreshing the parts other beers cannot reach – has m(...)

John O’Conor’s playing had something of the air of a grand master about it, the big picture always well-understood

On Monday, Google’s homepage ran a picture to celebrate the 360th birthday of Bartolomeo Cristofori, inventor of the piano and keeper of instrument(...)

Tom Dunne: interviewed 11 of the German spies caught in Ireland during the Emergency

Tom Dunne, who has died aged 96, was a distinguished public servant who wore his experience at the heart of the international diplomatic world with gr(...)

Brian Farren, Linda O’Shea Farren, Brian O’Dwyer and Maurice Buckley, president  of the Ireland Chamber of Commerce. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

It was a dank, wet evening on Dublin’s leafy Raglan Road last night, but that didn’t stop 80 guests filing into Fitzroy House for an evening of chat (...)

Pupils from St. Molaga’s N.S., Balbriggan Co. Dublin, Caitlin Tiernan and Tomas Baxter  pull faces as part of their warm up at Feis Ceoil 2014. Photograph: PA

If you walk past the RDS today and listen carefully you will hear the faint sound of music; a staccato of scales and songs drifting over the ai(...)

Anne Marie O’Farrell and her daughter Carmel at the launch of this year’s ESB Feis Ceoil which takes place in the RDS from March 31st to April 11th. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Up to 5,000 young musicians from around the country will compete in 186 competitions in this year’s ESB Feis (...)

Nora Sourouzian  and Brian Mulligan in dress rehearsals for Thérèse. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

When I was young, six or seven, I saw part of a film being shot in the Phoenix Park. It turned out to be about the most unglamorous thing you could im(...)