Andras Schiff

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Celine Byrne makes her Irish National Opera debut in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Saturday March 23  ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT/ANDRÁS SCHIFF NCH, Dublin 8pm €35-€70 nch.ie The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment(...)

German soprano Juliane Banse: ‘There has to be Brahms in it, or Strauss.’

It’s the sunniest day of the year, not just in Ireland, but also in the Bavarian capital, Munich. There’s even more heat from the sun in Munich than i(...)

When ECM recorded András Schiff’s Beethoven sonata cycle in concerts in Zurich in the noughties, it also recorded his encores, which now appear on di(...)

If you like your Mozart busy, you might only find yourself in tune with Christian Blackshaw at his most urgent. Photograph: Herbie Knott

There is just no getting around it: Mozart is elusive. That is what is behind the great Austrian pianist Artur Schnabel’s paradoxical claim that Moza(...)

Dave Flynn’s nose for the timely, publicity-friendly, anti-establishment gesture is not to be denied. Photograph: John O’Neill

September’s three-week festival Composing the Island (National Concert Hall, Wednesday 5th to Sunday 25th) was bound to ruffle feathers. It’s a huge (...)

Martin Hayes,  Stephen Rea and  performers from Loosysmokes, Elaine McCague and Deirdre Griffin, at the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2016 programme launch. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ghosts in caves, surprises in gardens and Mozart in the Marble City are all in store at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival (KAF). Festival director(...)

Zhu Xiao-Mei survived the rigours of China’s Cultural Revolution. She makes no secret of how severely scarred she was by it. Photograph: Martin Jehnichen/Accentus Music

Kilkenny likes Bach. At the close of this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival, where the musical focus gave the music of Bach the largest, most concentra(...)

Portrait and landscape artist Mick O’Dea (centre) joined by some of the people he will paint for an evolving Kilkenny Arts Festival series, including (from left) actor Aisling O’Sullivan, Druid director Garry Hynes, actor  Derbhle Crotty  and Kilkenny Arts Festival director Eugene Downes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Kilkenny Arts Festival renews its classical focus in a new programme revealed today by festival director Eugene Downes. Dominated by the world’s l(...)

Since the 1980s, András Schiff moved from scepticism to active espousal regarding the use of 18th- and 19th-century pianos. He now seems to be (...)

‘It’s hard to think of anyone better-equipped than Niall Doyle [above] to provide the advocacy that music and opera need in these straitened times.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

On the surface there’s not that much to get excited about. Niall Doyle, who formerly held top posts with Music Network, RTÉ’s music division and Op(...)

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