Alex Petcu

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Xenia Pestova Bennett introduced Irish listeners to the sounds of the Magnetic Resonator Piano.  Photograph: Paul Hudson

Remember the National Concert Hall’s old Kevin Barry Room? The one which turned Earlsfort Terrace into a destination for experimental and offbeat musi(...)

Ivan Ilic at the Hugh Lane Gallery’s free Sundays at noon series

Sunday, September 29th The Book of Sounds Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, hughlane.ie/forthcoming-sunday-concerts American composer Tom Johnson, a major (...)

Composer, violinist and conductor Brett Dean, who conducted the Irish Chamber Orchestra in  the   Irish premiere of Maltese conductor Michelle Castelletti’s downsizing of Mahler’s 10th Symphony

Arrangements have been around forever. And, strange to say in this era when the internet has made more music readily accessible than ever before, arra(...)

Australian composer and viola player Brett Dean will make his performing debut with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in Monkstown. Photograph: Keith Wiseman

Wednesday, September 11th ICO/Brett Dean Monkstown Parish Church irishchamberorchestra.com Australian composer and viola player Brett Dean makes his (...)

RTÉ Concert Orchestra:  what’s the score? Photograph: Mark Stedman

People ask me questions all the time. Well, not literally. But, since my face is known, people I’ve never met do regularly come up to me at concerts w(...)

The Irish Chamber Orchestra

FRIDAY 22 CLASSICAL New Ross Piano Festival New Ross, Co Wexford Fri-Sun newrosspianofestival.com The flavour of this year’s New Ross Piano Festiv(...)

Alex Petcu’s award-winning profile has grown hugely over the past few years. Here now is the Cork percussionist’s first CD, representing his regular (...)

Composer Brian Irvine

The Ark, Dublin ****   This classical concert for children aged four and up is composed by Brian Irvine, with lyrics by John McI(...)

Mark O’Halloran with Natalie Radmall- Quirke and Ger Kelly. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Abbey Theatre, Dublin****Five large speakers roll on stage, blaring a barely compatible beat and waves of distortion. Although director Wayne Jordan’s(...)

John Wilson: ‘takes the players of the RTÉCO to a new level of responsiveness. They sound like a better band when he is in charge’

There is nothing like competition to keep people on their toes. Or so we’re told. But when it comes to the larger end of the orchestral reperto(...)