Grainne Mulvey

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In Schumann’s Cello Concerto, Sol Gabetta, above, made the solo part more persuasive than is usual in a work that in many performances seems to suggest more than it can deliver

Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) made a triumphant return to the National Concert Hall on Saturday. The orchestra engaged in a bit of (...)

As a composer, Rzewski freely mixes elements that are often kept apart in modern music

At the Dublin International Piano Festival and Summer Academy, founded in 2013 by Archie Chen and Rhona Gouldson, the pianists who perform are also t(...)

David Bremner featured as pianist and composer at Echoes and Memories, curated by Gráinne Mulvey

The world of the classical concert is a highly ritualised affair. The dress code for performers is as formal as it is for weddings, although there ar(...)

Simon O’Connor’s set of intimate songs, imagining 1916 through the experience of the wives of the rebel leaders, is currently on tour

The first musical celebration of the 1916 centenary that I came across was Simon O’Connor’s Left Behind, which was first heard in Dublin this time la(...)

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(...)

Opera of a different kind featured on Dublin’s streets over the weekend in Things We Throw Away (above). A public street with pedestrians passing around and sometimes through the performing space is not exactly an easy spot for pop-up opera. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

If you’re of a certain age you’ll remember blackouts from the bad old days of ESB strikes. Different areas of the land would take it in turn to hau(...)

Andrew Synott, John Breen, Chloe Morgan at the DIT conservatory

Dublin Institute of Technology Top five courses: MSc in Strategic Management MSc in Creative Digital Media PgDip in Acco(...)

‘Bruch never managed to reconcile himself with the direction taken by Wagner and Liszt, let alone those who built on their achievements.’ Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

You have to feel sorry for Max Bruch. He was born in Cologne in 1838, and in spite of some notable successes would spend his life in the shadow of (...)

Owen Gilhooly (Papageno) and Chloe Morgan (Papagena) in The Magic Flute

Since its inception in 2010, the Lismore Music Festival has performed in the stable yard of Lismore Castle. A three-sided marquee has covered the audi(...)

Gráinne Mulvey gives the impression of being a composer who’s besotted with sound itself. She seems to relish the techniques of processing it in th(...)

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