RIAM season: the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho

Waking the Feminists has inspired moves within the musical world to improve the lot for female composers. The Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan, d(...)

RTÉ NSO offered a revised version of Deirdre Gribbin’s 2012 piano concerto, ‘The Binding of the Years’, with Finghin Collins as solois

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra was in town last weekend, for two evening programmes and an afternoon family concert. As you would expect the focus w(...)

Nikolay Khozyainov: 2012 Dublin International Piano Competition winner

TUESDAY 13 Nikolay Khozyainov (piano) NCH, Dublin 8pm €12-€20 nch.ie – The Dublin International Piano Competition’s promotional cycle is getting into(...)

Wolfgang Rihm: shares a characteristic with Mozart

Tennis legend Jimmy Connors once remarked that, “In an era of specialists, you’re either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist, or a hard(...)

French conductor Nathalie Stutzmann, newly announced principal guest conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, rehearses with the orchestra at the National Concert Hall. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

An Bord Bia’s website includes a page on how to boil an egg. The instructions take up exactly three lines. Playwright Eugene Ionesco’s To Prepare a Ha(...)

The concert ended with Gerald Barry’s From the Intelligence Park (1986), a collage-like piece, sometimes calmly mono-linear, sometimes fiercely aggressive

The Composing the Island festival at the National Concert Hall, surveying the past 100 years of music in Ireland, has presented a lot of music that h(...)

New breed: Simon Rattle works as readily with period-instrument players as with symphony orchestras. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/EPA

It seemed like a great idea for the Royal Irish Academy of Music to devise an event called Ten Thousand Miles Away and use it to explore “the special (...)

If Stephen Gardner were a pundit, he’d be a Vincent Browne or an Eoghan Harris –direct, provocative, in your face, not afraid of (...)